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MINUTES 

OF THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY 
OF THE 

GREEN RIVER 
sBxifiiff nvfER subethici ^owsi, 

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, J». C,» 

AUGUST* 93fl, IMS, 

Vnm*t —The Introductory Sermon was delivered agreeable to ap* 
ointment" by Elder J. M. W«bb, on Mat. 5 cb. 13, 1*, vs. f Fe «r« 
»U Mb e/Me ear<V #«• Elder L. Johnson Prayed and the Associa- 
on proceeded to business : 

1 On motion, read and received Jetters from 23 churches, enrolled the 
►eliecstes' names,and minuted>the accounts transmitted. 

2 On motion, opened a door for the reception of Churches into our 
fnion • Harmonv Grove and Walls, two newly constituted, presented' 
lemselves by their Delegates, and were&indly received, 

3. On motion, Elected Elder J. C. Grayson, Moderator, and Elder 

'^n^t^n^m^^ EWerJ - M - Webb » T • B * totico » hr0th9t 
\ Davis, Sfith the Moderator and Clerk, a Committee of -arrangement* 

> whom all papers shall be f •femd. 

5. On motion, adjourned tiU 10 o'clock to-morrow. 
Prayer by J. WiUiie. 

SaxuaDAY.-Met s^ording to adjournment. 
Prayer by the Moderator. 

6. On motion, the roll was called. 
1. The committee of arrangement reported and were *tflseliifg*& 

\ *»* TkajMfi ofdeco/um were read. ? , 



0. Called fcyr corresj td received corresponding mes- 

sengers, (viz:.) from the Jrlroau i*ivei ,r«°a'ocmtion, a package of Minutes 
by her messenger, W. Hill; from the Tyger River, a letter and minutes 
by her messonger, J. G. Landrum; from the Catawba River, a letter and 
minutes by her messenger, Thos, Carlton; from the Salem, a letter and 
minutes by her messsengers, N. Mills, J. Holbert and J. Souther. 

10. Invited ministering brethren to a seat with us, wherupon, Dr: 
Wra. Johnston and Solomon McCall, from South Carolina, presented 
themselves and were cordially received. 

11. Appointed S. G. Hamilton to write to the B^oad River Aassocia* 
4ion; himself, J. K. Webb and Lewis McCurry, messsengers. J. M. 
Webb, to write to Tyger River; himself, S. G« Hamilton, T. B. Justice 
and T. Davis, messengers. J. C. Grayson to write to the Salem; him* 
df, J. M. Webb, 3. G. Hamilton, T. B. Justice, H. Goibreath, Wra, Haf 
reli, Lewis McCurry and Brother John Whit ©sides, messengers. J, 
Wilkie to write to the Catalan River; himself, J. G. Grayson, F. B, 
Justice, A. Padget and Wm. IJarrell, messengers. 

12. Appointed T. Davis, W. Fortuue and Wm. M. Allen, a commit 
tee of Finntn.ce, who reported as follows, (and was djafcbargedj viz: — 

Receiyed in contributions from the Churches, $23 42 

Arrearages $1 50, unsound money $\ Qfy 2 50 

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Aggregate, $20 92 

13. On piotion, appointed J. Wilkie, % C, W.. Dixon sand .Simeon Me* 
Currv, a committee to arrange Union Meetings, who reported as follows, 
(and were discharged ,) viz:~r- 

Jst. At Cooper's Gap, Friday, before the Jst Lord's Pay, in Noy. H. 
W. Patterson, J. 0. Grayson, A. Padget, J. Wilkie and 1% B. Justice, to 
attend it. 

2.no\ At Pis;)-ah, Friday, before the 1st Lord's day, in March. S. Gr 
Hamilton, J. Wjikje, A. Padget and L. McCurry, to attend it. 

3rd. At Harmony-. Grove, 'Friday, before the 1st Lord's day, in June, 
h. McCurry an:l 3. C. Grayson, to attend it. 

1.5. Agreed.- that our next Association confine witfc the High Shoal 
Church, 14 miles* S.E. of Rutherfordton. in Rutherford county, Friday, 
b3fore the 1st Lorci 3 £ day,|h November, 3846. 

15, On motion, took up the following Resolutions presented by T. B. 
Justice: This Association taking into consideration the great destitution. 
existing ministerially in most of the churches and settlements within the 
limits of this boo) , a.; well as want of information in particular cases,. 
pertaining to our Scriptural Rule of Faith and practice, therefore, 

Resolved, T.mt we appoint two lit perscns.Ministers of Christ, to J*? 

bor for the term of two months each, at a proper time within the associa* 

fion year, to supply the defects refered to in the foregoing presentment* 

id that we advise und request the churches in Union t6 contribute the 

m of sixty dollars in proper ratio for the purpose of rewarding those for 

*ir biassed and laborious duties, and that such contribution i be made 

d conveyed by the first day of May next, to Toliver lfa« i$ t J. U. 

hiter.ije .and John Bostick, or either of them, whose duties it thall be 

receive and pay * u - --amc r:$i wkkb ^~- ''-«.-■* * L ~ Mtqjjltflv 1 



♦Commence with youi own heart upon your bed, and be s&Ii*" . Oat 
Lord's closet was a mountain, 'When he had sent the multitude a way* 
he went up into a mountain to pray, and when the evening was corno 
he was there alone." Peter's closet was the kometop, »Peter went i*pon 
the housetop to pray about the sixth hour." Hezekiah'a closet was his 
♦face towards the wall, and praying unto the Lord." And Daniel!* 
chamber was his <claseU in a time -of great distress, *be went into -his -cham- 
ber and kneeled upon his knees, three times a day, and grayed and gave 
thanks before bis God.' 

And in fact the Scriptures imply that we should always be in the spir* 
it.of prayer. Hence <we 6 nd directions of -this kind, 'praying alwavs 
with all prayer and supplication m the spirit, .and watching thereunto 
with ait perse veranoe. J 'Pray without -ceasing.' 'Continuing instant in 
prayer.' 

We would also sftir ep your minds to the *pract4ce of Jamil}/ prayer,— 
It is the duty of the head of every family to read the Scriptures (if he 
can read) to, and pray with and for his family. It is in vain, bretheren, 
to say you are weak .and can't pray; if you are a christian, you have 
prayed for yourself, and such a prayer as God has heard for you, he would 
hear for you and yeur family. And in the discharge of this duty you 
will be much better satisfied than if you neglected it. And don't be 
scared if a stranger happens to go to your house Jo stay all night, hut do 
your duty like a christian. We will here xetate an anecdote which is to 
the point: Two men were traveling in a frontier country, in the evening 
they missed their way, and expected to hafQio lie out, but just at night 
they came to a cabin and got leave to stay* But the man of the house 
was so rough and uncouth in his manners, they thought he intended to 
job them. After supper they retired to themselves to consult what was 
best to be done. They concluded they would take it time about, while 
,one slept, the other would wafgl, pistol in hand, to kill him if he attemp* 
ted to rob them. So they went to the house and told the man they 
wanted to go to bed. He went to the shelf and took down an old Family 
Bible and sand* 'Gentlemen, it is my practice to read a chapter in this 
book, and pray before I^oto bed." He then read a chapter and prayed 
with such fervor and simplicity, t&at it completely quieted the fears of 
the strangers. They went to bed and both selpt soundly till morning; 
Ihey then got up without harm and pursued their jourwjr. So much for 
faithfulness. Bietheren, let us do likewise. We come now in the last 
pVacc, to speajk of prayer and fasting in connection. We see in the ease 
of the Ninevites that they fasted and repented at the preaching of Jonas, 
.{Mat. 12, 46) 'and God saw their works that they turned from their evil 
way,' (which implies tUt they prayed,) and God turned away the judge 
fnent which he bad threatened to inflict upon thesn. We have also seen 
how Cornelius farted and prayed, and that the Lord blessed him, and his 
friends. We have also seen how the Lord Messed the bretbien at Antr 
och, who fasted and prayed, &c. And if we were to join fasting with 
prayer more frequently, we have no doubt it would be blessed to our 
good. 

Our Saviour said of a certain unclean spirit that this kind can come 
fetfh by nothing but by jprayer and fasting. (Mirk 9, 29.) We there* 



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fore ad rise each of our Ministering bretheren, to set apart some cirn©- 
(privately) to himself to fast and prav, and humble himself before God. 
We have no doubt God would bless it as a means in making him more 
useful as an instument in the conversion of sinners. We would special* 
ly recommend them to eat sparingly, and sometimes to fast; on ihe 
rinornin'^, when they expect to preach that day. And to spend some 
time, before preaching in secret prayer, that <God may bles& them in hold* 
Sng forth the word of life to dying pinners. We also advise our bretheren 
of the laity, to eat sparingly on the morning of days appointed for preach- 
in», and to be much engaged in secret prayer, that a door ot utterance 
may be opened to the Minister, that the word of ^God may have free 
course and be glorifiedin comforting his peqple, and awakening sinners. 
Remember how &aron and llur held up the hands of Moses, and the Is* 
raelites gained a complete victory over their enemies. 

When the Minister. of the gospel enters the sacred stand, and with a 
trembling heart, says within himsef, *who is sufficient for these.things;* 
if he knew the people of God were fervently engaged in prayer, you 
know not the joy and comfort it would afford him; he would come forth 
in the strength of the God of Elijah, the people praying, the preacher 
preaching ; each one standing in his proper place round about the camp, 
the host of the enemy would certainly run, and cry and flee ; and the 
work of the Lord would go on gloriously. For the LtfM will biess his 
people in the discharge of their duty. *Ye, therefore, beloved, seeing 
ieknow these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with 
*the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastuess; but grow in 
grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To 
iiim be glory, both now and greyer. Amen," 

6 ' J. G» GRA.lt SON, Mqdjshtoi, 

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8BVENTH AN NI VERS AITS 

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NORTH CAROLINA, 
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FRIDAY: 

Tho introductory sermon wan delivered {according to appointment,) by 
Elder B. Brucejrom John XXI, 17th: Teed my Sheep.' 

After a short recess the Association was called to order, and solemn 
prayer made by Elder J, C. Grayson. 

Received and -read Letters from Twenty.Tbree Churches, enrolled their 
Delegates names, and minuted the Accounts transmitted. 

Elected Elder L McCurry Moderato- and Elder B. Bruce Clerk. 

Appointed Elders J. M. Webb, T. B. Justice, A. Padgett, with the 
Moderator and Clerk, a Committee <xf Arrangement, and referred to them 
all Papers and Documents belonging to th« Association. 

Elder J. Blythe led in Prayer, and the Association adjourned until 10 
^o'clock to-morrow morning: Saturday, 24th. 

SATURDAY: 

The Association met according to adjournment — Prayer by Elder J.. 
M. Webb. 

The Committee appointed reported the arrangement of the Business 
of the Association — Report confirmed, and the Committee discharged. 

Read Rules of Decorum. 

Upon motion the following Preamble and Resolution were adopted, ie: 

As this Association, bv change of iheTerm of its Annual Meeting, hat 
had two Sses^ions since the Meeting of Corresponding Bodies, thereby 
-rendering it impossible that Corresponding Letters .can be received at the 
present Session; therefore: — 

Resolved, Thai Corresponding Messengers present be now received up- 
on their former Letters — Whereupon Eider James Blythe, from the Sa« 
lem. Elder Robert Patterson, from the French Broad, and E. Holifield, 
from the Catawba River, «eame forvvaidand were received in Council as 
accredited Ministers from their respective Associations. 

Upon motion appointed Elders J. M- Webb, A. Padgett,, and D.Pan. 
nelL with the Moderator, and Clerk % a Committee to prepare Letters to 
Corresponding Associations. 

Appointed Messengers to Corresponding Bodies, ie: Elders J. M t Webb, 
Di Pannell, A. Padgett, and J. Wilkey, Messengers to the Broad River. 

Elder A, Padgett and Brethren JJ. Ftagan, A. Lancaster, and C m 
Wilson Messengers to the Tyter River. 

Elders A. Padgett, T. B. Justice, J. C. Grayson, J. M. Webb, and 
Brother B. P<*%e Messengers to me Catawba River. 

Elders L. McCurry, J* F. Pindergrass, J. M. Webb, and B, Bruce 
Messengers to the French Broad, and 

Elders J. M. Webb, H. Sloope, and Brethren S. McCurry and T. Da* 
vis Messengers to the Salem A^s>ciation. 

Appointed a Committee of Finance consisting of Brethren T. Edgen* 
ton, W/illiamton Fortune, and J, Bostick. 

Upon motion of Elier B. Bruce appointed a Committee to examine & 



report upon the merits of the several Hymn Books now in use among the 
Members of this Union consisting of Elders J. C. Grayson, H. Culbrealk, 
J % M. Webb, T. B. Justice, and D, Pannell. 

Appointed Brethren J. M Grayson, Wm. Smith. & B. rage a Com* 
mitfee to arrange Union Meetings, who reported the arrangement, as 
follows, to witr 

That the Union Meeting in First District be held with the Wallas 
Churoh on Friday before the 4th Lord's Dav in March, A. D. 1848, and 
days following — Elders B. Bruce, A. Padgett, and J, C, Grayson ta 
attend it. 

F« Second District with the Silver Creek Church on Friday proceed- 
ing the 3d Lord's Day in April, A. D. 1848, and days following — Elders 
A. Padgett, D. Pannell, and Brother B. Page Jo attend it. 

In the Third District w ith the Round Hill Church on Friday before the 
1st Lor4's Day in June, A. D. 1848, and days following — Eiders J. C 
Grayson, J. M< Webb, H. Culbrealh, Lu McCurry, and B. Bruce to at~ 
tend it» 

Upon motion— 

Resolved, That the second Sermon, on the Sabbath, be delivered by 
some Brother, to be chosen for that purpose, upon the Subject of Mis- 
sions; and that a Collection be taken up, immediately thereafter, to aid 
the Operations ot the Western Convention. 

Elected Elder .Z M Webb to deliver the Missionary Sermon on th,e 
Sabbath according to the direction of the foregoing Resolution. 

Elected Elders Jas. Blythe and Robert Patterson to occupy, in con- 
nexion with Elder J. M. Webb, the Stand, on the Sabbath. 

Elected Elder J. C. Grayson to write the Cucular Letter for the next 
Association, and ordered that his Subject be '"Church Discipline. ' 

Elder T. B. Justice submitted the icliowing Preamble and Resolution; 
which were received, adopted, and ordered to be printed; to wit:. 

WAerert5.it is believed by this Association, that there prevail a general 
desire, as well as a great need, that a Religious Newkraptr be 
published in Western North Carolina, and we being chiefly aTected 
in view ©f the good that would likely result from §uch an enteipnze, 
therefore-- 

Resolved, That we hereby request Elder J, M. Webb, to make, as soon 
as practicable, suitable arrangements for, and to commence the publica* 
tion of, irr pamphlet-form, a Religious Journal, at or near Rutherford! on, 
and that we hereby pledge oulselves to use every consistent means to sus» 
tain him in his laudabie efforts to carry out the views expressed in this 
Preamble and Resolution. 

Elected Elder JL. McCurry to deliver the Sermon introductory to the. 
next Association, and Elder J. M. Webb, his Alternate.. 

Upon motion— 

Resolved, That the next Session of this Body be held wish the Coop- 
er's Gap Church, 16 miles West of Rutherfordton, on Friday belore the 
l&t Lord's Day in August, A. D. 1848, and days following; the introduc* 
tory Sermon to be delivered at 11 o'clock, A* M,. 






Upon motion— 

Resolved, That the Clerk superintend the printing of the Minutea of 
this Association; that ho retain Five Dollars to reward him for services 
rendered as Clerk of this Body; and that he 'procure the printing of as 
many Copies of the Minutes as the remaining funds on hand will justify. 

Elder A. Padgett led in Prayer, and the Association adjourned until 
9 o'clock to-morrow morning. 

lords day: 

The Word of Life was preached, by those appointed, to a fargeand re- 
spectable Assembh , with ability and apparent good effect. The Services 
of the Day were opened by Eider /. Bit/the, from Heb. If, 2 — 3 — followed 
by Elder J. 31. Webb, in an impressive Sermon, delivered upon the Sub- 
ject of Missions, from 2J Chron. XXXII, 25, producing great effect and 
a lively and stirring interest in the minds of the People. After the de- 
livery of this in ©resting Sermon a Collection of $24,00cts was taken up 
to aid the Operations of the Western Convention; when the Services wets 
concluded by Elder Robert Patterson, from 1st Cor, & & 6. 

MONDAY: 

The Association met according to adjournment — Prayer by the Mode* 
rator. 

Elder B. Bruce presented the followiag Pieamble and Resolution upon 
the subject of Missions, which were solemnly eor>sidered and unanimousUr 
adopfed, ie: 

This Association being deeply impressed with thankfulness to the King 
of Zion for the great success given to the Missionary Operations of the 
Jast two years, and feeling an increased confidence in the fitness ot that 
practice to carry into final contumation the great hope of the Christian 
World, and believing that the late Organization, under tho name of the 
Western State Convention of North Carolina, is calculated in a higher 
degree to carry out the objocta proposed in our lust two years* recommen- 
dations; the»efoie — 

Resolved, That the Chuiches in Union are hereby requested and ad- 
vised to contribute respectively an amount, at Ieasi, sufficient— to entitle 
them to representation in that Body; and that in view of that proceeding, 
we discontinue our Operations associationally as heretofore, until we make 
trial of the plan proposed above. 

The Circular Letter, piepared by Elder J. M. Webb, waai called for, 
read, and unanimously adopted, and ordered to be printed in connexion 
with the Minutes of the present Session. 

Thfc Committee appointed upon the subject of Hymn Books, reported 
the following Resolution; which was unanimously adopted, and the Com- 
mittee dischaiged; to wit: 

Resolved, That as various Hymn Books are now in use in the Churches 
composing this Body, creating inconvenience, and fa some extent lessen* 
ing the interest that would otherwise ex^stinthat btanch of our davo«» 



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fional exercises, We therefore recommend to the Ministry and Ch'ircfie? 
composing our Union, the use of the Baptist Hymn Book, believing it to 
possess merits which entitle it to the notice and patronage of the Mem- 
bers of thi*? Association*.. 

The Home Mission Committee reported as foIFows — Report adopted, 
and the Committee discharged; to wit: — Received as Contributions from:— 



1st. 

2d. 

3d. 

4;trr. 

5th. 

Gth. 

7th. 

8th. 

Uth. 

10th. 

11th. 

12th. 

13 th. 



Read Firs* Bro»d Church 



Ebenezer do 

Concord do 

Big Spring do 

High Shoal de- 

Wall's do 

Pisgah do 

Mt. Vernon do 

Cane-Creek. do* 

Shifoah &<r 

Green'* Greek do- 
Green River «?o 
Silver Creek do» 

l!4th. Cooper's Gap do- 

15th.. Arrowood do 

UOlta Mew Bethany da 

lTtfu Bethlehem, ' do. 

18th. Betbelfc do 

Round Hill do 

Mountain Creek do 
Bill's Creek do 

Harmony Grove do 
Mont ford's Cove do. 

Ballance from last Year. 

J. W. Swaflord 

J. Powelk 

"X Bunrg airier 

Nancy Green 

Andrew McDowell 

E. Bamy 

T. Brion 

W. Feaganr 

J. Feagans 

D.Feagans 

CJ- Feagaflg; 

J. Lyles 

G. Grenaway 

W. S. Wilkin* 

G. VV. Smith. 

Win, Smith 

C Wilson 

E. Morgan. 



19th. 

20th. 

21st. 

22d. 

23d. 



$5 9Ji 

2 47£ 

3 86£ 

1 50 

450 



#7'2f 

193£ 

3 51* 

50 

2 00 

2 7f> 

3 57 

3 16 £ 
7.25- 

4 00 
2 06| 
2 11 

50 

25 

25 

25 

2& 

25 

25 

10 

10 

25 

25 

37£ 

25 

25 

*2£ 

25 

20 

25 






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J. Morris 25 

S. McCurry 25 

H. Taylor 25 

Wm. P. Abrams 25 



Total Amount 860,18f 

Paid lo Elder L. McCurry for two month's labor $30,00 

Paid to Elder B, Bruce for two month's & five days labor $30,18£ 

The Committee of Finance reported the Amount sent up by the 
Churches for printing Minutes, &c. to be $28,65 cU — Report confirmed 
and the Committee discharged. 

The Corresponding Letters, prepared by the Committee appointed for 
that purpose, were read, adopted, and assigned, and the Committee 
discharged. 

Upon motion — 

Resolved, That Ten Dollars of the Contributions, received nn the 
Sabbath be applied to aid the cause of Foreign Missions, and that tha 
Remainder be applied to the use of Home Missions, under the direction 
of the Western Convention. 

Elder J. AL Webb reported that he had finished his Missionary Labors 
under a resolution of a former seasion of this Body — Report received. 

Elected Brethren W. M. Allen, Williamson Fortune, S» McCurry, 
and R. O. Ledbetter Delegates to the Western Convention, 

Upon motion — 

Resolved, unanimously, that in view of the kind treatment and enter* 
tairunent received during the present Session by the Members of thia 
Body, that the thinks of this Association are due and are hereby tender- 
ed to the Citizens of this Vicinity for their kindness and hospitality~-May 
the Lord whom we serve richly reward (hem tor their liberality and 
Chiistian Conduct. 

L- McGURRY, Moderator. 
B.BRUCS, Clerk, 

— 5Ht : *n&^.ttfi — 

CIRCULAR LETTER: 

THE GREEN RIVER ASSOCATION TO THE CHURCHES 
IN UNION: GRACE AND PEACE BE MULTIPLIED UNTO 
YOU THROUGH THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, AND OF JESUS 
CHRIST, OUR SAVIOR. 

DEARLY BEJLOVED BRETHREN: 

Since experience 
has demonstrated the wisdom and advantage of Annual Addresses illus- 
trative of Subjects which need explanation, We, in obedience to asso- 
ciational direction, commend to your particular and earnest attention, 
the truths contained in this epistle of lovo, explanatory of the 16th Verso 
of the 1st Chapter of Paul's epistle to the Romans, i e: j For I am not a* 
shamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto Salvation, 
to evey one thai believeth r to the "Jew. first, and also to the Greek" 



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If limits would permit us to treat this inteiesting and copious Subject 
in detail, we should, in the 1st place, endeavor to show the natuio of 
the Gospel, and in what sense it effects the Salvation of Men. 

2i\d\y: — Why the Apostle and Others of like faith and feelings were 
and are not ashamed of if, 

3rdlj:— What constitutes faith in tt;& 
4thlv: — The Salvation effected by it. 

Rut, as we are now only composing a short Circular, and as any one 
of the propositions named would reqii'e more spr.ee than can be reasona- 
bly occupied, todo it the justice its importance requires, we despair, in 
this epntle, to treat them who'y separate; and shall, tiierefere, o/ily at- 
tempt to blend to-gethera few leading consideration* connected with 
each division; leaving method entirely out or* the question. 

Id doing this, we are aware, that it will be impossible for you to havo 
clear conceptions of our Apostle'* meaning, without understanding to 
some extent, the prevailing opinions existing upon 'the Subject of Reiig. 
ion, at the lime he wrote the text under consideration, and the 
character, of the adversaries he had to combat in his endeavors to estab- 
lish the truths of the Gospel in the hearts and affections of the People. 

It should, therefore, be remembered, that the Epistle, embracing our 
Subject, was directed to the Church then lately organized in the City of 
Rome; M that time one of the most noted <& renowned Cities of the World; 
and as the Roman Empire had acquired the rule of a great part of tho 
known world, that City -became the centre of the great influx of Systems 
of Theology and Morality, believed in, taught, and preached by the 
conquered Nations; each of which Systems had there its train of adher* 
*nts, offering devotions to their respective Deities, and claiming for them 
a perfection unknown (in their opinions) to the character of other Divin- 
ities, or Systems of Morality. 

Our limits will by no means justify the giving a general review of all 
(or even one) of the Systems referred to; we shall, therefore, only no- 
tice a few of their leading tenets, with the view of showing how lar the 
minds of Men, when e\en the most refined by Worldly Wisdom, if un- 
taught by Divine Revelation, havo sunk into ignorance and darkness; 
and what great need there was, »nd-ia, fW tho do-vn^g of the light of 
truth upon the mind* of the destitute Heathen Nations, as much mis- 
guided now as then. 

Each System of Barbarian Mythology had its respective tiain of De- 
ities, over which presided One God more excellent lhan the rest, being, 
as was believed, himself controlled hy the Fates, or laws of Eternal Ne- 
cessity. These Deities were either Ancient Heroes famed for noble 
deeds, Kings, and Generals who had founded Empires, Women rendered 
illustrious by Great Actions, and Useful Inventions; or, Natural Objects, 
such as the Sun, Moon, Stars, Animals, Trees, Rivers, Serpents, &e.; 
aU of which were receiving religious homage at the time the Epistle of 
the Romans was written. 

The Philosophy of the Greeks embraced extravagancies little inferior 
to the wild notiont of Barbansm; one branch* of which maintained, tijaj 

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the Work! arose from Chance, — being formed by a forliiltoijs concourse 
of Atoms; that the Gods took no cognizance of the acts of LVletu that the 
Soul was mortal; that Pleasme was to be regarded as I he highest Sim of 
Man, and that Virtue was of no esteem only in its attainment. 

Another branehf taught, that God uaa the Soul of all things, that 
Wisdom alone was calculated to produce happiness, and that Wise Moii 
ought not to be afTtcted either by Pain or Poverty, as they weie nothing 
more than fancied evils, not deserving the notice of the Wise. 

A third jl asserted the imposModily of arriving at truth, and held it un- 
certain whether the Gods existed or not, whether *the Soul was mortal 
or immortal, and whether Viitue ought to be preferred to Vice, or Vice to 
Virtue. 

Tne itate of the Jewish Nation was not much better' in point of Holi. 
ocflj than the rest of the World, for long before the .time referred to their 
IJeligion had lost almost every thing of original beauty and prirnltivd 
loveliness; errors of all pernicious kinds h*d infected their entire System; 
and divisions fomented by superstition and hopes of worldly aggrandize- 
ment, like blight and mildew, had swept away all chum 3 to true and" un- 
adulterated Piety; leaving them nothing but the vanity ofboabted siij en- 
ority, upon the Subject in question, constituting the mere form of God« 
Jiness while its power was denied. 

All these Systems, with their towering pretensions and Splendid For- 
mulas, arrayed themselves together and with united force made war 
upon the humble doctrines of the Atonement; and all of which our A - 
postle knew to be nothing more than the erroneous inventions of Men, 
{sustained by ignorance and misguided enthusiasm; and knowing the su- 
perior claims tnat the Gospel had over them, was willing to enter into 
any comparison that might be desired, and therefore, with confident as. 
surance of success, he, in the language of the text challenged his oppo- 
eers to the fkld, being willing and desirous lo meet at Rome all the com- 
battants, or Leaders of armies of error, .vbeihor fighting under the Ban- 
npis of Jewish Tradition, Barbarian Idolatry, or Greecian Pailosophy. 

In most of the Systems under consideration two things were generally 
admitted, ie: the existence «*f<* Supcilur-Iirtulii^^uce or Superior Iiitelli - 
genera to thai oi ^ian, or Men, and that Man, by guilt, h;id incurred the 
displeasure and wrath of the God or Gods in which the People believed; 
but what was the true character of God, and how His wrath could be 
appeased, were subjects of the mo*t intense anxiety, and constituted the 
great question which for many ages had been agitating the deep waters 
of ihe restless oce^n of ihought, bewildering poor man in his wayward 
course from time to eternity.. 

In this»bevt ildered and awful state enquiries of the first magnitude would 
necessarily ai ise.«- \\ hat can Man do to be saved? What atonement can 
ho olfer for his sins? And how; can ho know what the- offended Majesty 
cf the Laws of God require at his hands? To these important enquiries 
true Answers are made in the language of the text — that ho can be sav» 
ed by the Gospel of Chris'; for thai it ; ,is the power of God unto Salvation 

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to the believer. The Gospel is, therefore, shown to be a Revelation of 
the Truth made from God to Man upon the great question in controver- 
sy, in the ministration of vvhieh God's promised Spirit infuses the power 
of life, effecting the Work of Solvation. It id the true shining forth of 
the Sacred Shekinah emanations of which were glimmeringly given in a 
figure of the ancient temple, Service It is the only true light* and in this it 
is called Glad Tidings of Gieat Joy to all People, as it brought life and 
immortality to light, which for sges had lain so deeply concealed under 
the thick cloud* of ignorance and gross darkness, that the most exalted 
and nntir'ng efforts of Worldly Wisdom were unable to penetrate its aw- 
ful gloom. 

It ignorance, superstition, and spiritual blindness had ended with the 
days of the Apostles, then might wo now have less to deplore, and fewer 
causes of sorrow; but upon examination it will be found that more than 
half the world of mankind are now living as deeply enveloped in moral 
deception and spiritual blindness as were the Roman Nations at the time 
our text was written. This unfortunate state of facts accommodates the 
Subject more especially to our field of thought and rulesof practice, ad- 
dressing itself to us like it did to the Great Apostle, showing the great 
existing necessity that the beauties of the Gospel should be known by 
all, and compared with other Systems, that darkness might be compelled 
to give way under ita glorious illumination; as well as to prove what the 
Apostle asserted: that it is the power of God unto Salvation to every one 
that beheveth. 

The Population of China is said to be largel) over Two Hundred Mil- 
lions, and among that vast crowd of human beings there prevails not (ho 
slightest knowledge of the Savior in the true character of Christian hope,* 
but instead thereof the great mass of the People are tendering devotions 
to the Systems of error set up by Confucius, Fo, and Budh, worshiping 
tutelary Deities and bowing to an innumerable host of Idols — the work- 
manship of Men; while the religion of the learned is nothing better than 
the dogma of Atheism — all believing, or pretending to believe, in the 
transmigration of the Souls of Men into reptiles, animals, superior Divin- 
ities, &c according to the manner in which they liave-o^mcUuitGd them- 
selves in the present liie; while in Hindoostan larjje numbers are constant- 
ly sacrificing themselves to the great supposed Deity of Juggernaut by 
being crushed to death under the wheel of his towering Car. So much 
are the People infatuated with reverence for this Idol, taut it is calculated* 
that over One Million Two Hundred Thousand People annually goon pil- 
grimage to worship in his presence foi justification of life* of whom, it i* 
said, that nine out of ten die on the road, of famine and sickness, so that 
for miles around this supposed sacred place the country is covered with 
Human bones. But we remember that- limits fail and prevent us from 
writing of the situation of Mahometan Nations and others equally lost in 
the mazes of Nature's darkness and deception. Enough, however, has. 
been shown, to prove, that the World by wisdom knows not God. Upon 

Note 
*The Missionary operations of the lust few years have produced some change in a 
small part of that Empire. 
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this truth depends another of vital interest: that if Man knows not God, 
and yet in an offender against the Majesty of Hi* laws, nnd accountable 
to him for his deeds of wrong, yet unacquainted with the nature of tiny 
atonement required, reconciliation is impossible, and if there is no recon- 
ciliation, so far as Revelation teaches, there can bo no Salvation. In 
thin there is the declaration of our text assumed: that Man's Salvation 
depends upon the belief of a Fevelation of the truth made to him by God, 
into which Iiie is infused by His Spiiit, and that Revelation is the GospeL 
It is then the power of God unto Salvation , and no other power is known 
to be employed in the Salvation of Men but the GospeL Power is the 
©perating cause that effects the object designed; the object designed is. 
the love and mercy of God in Man v « Salvation. Revelation is the power 
employed by Eternal Wisdom; into which God's Spirit, the life-governing 
cause is infused* For in it is made known the Character of the true 
God: — His glorious attributes of Power, Wisdom, Truth, Justice, Love^ 
Mercy,. &c.; all too in such living .excellence and inimitable goodness,, 
that it (eads Men to repentance, who otherwise wou'd not repent. In the 
Gospel vviQsrhave portrayed to view the heinous nature of Sin, the true 
character of the Human Heart in its fallen state,, as well as the awful ef- 
fects of that full, by which it is seen that Man's moral powers have be- 
come so annihilated that he never can recover Liaise If from the ruin and 
misery imposed upon him by Sin — and that without Divine Assistance he 
must be eternally lost and wretched; while in it is also discovered th© 
means of escape from Divine Vengeance through the sufferings, sacrifi- 
ces, and offerings made in. the person of our Divine Savior. 

So that they who believe in him may avail themselves of the righteous- 
Mess of Christ revealed, and, thereby, be saved from the wrath to come, 
without the knowledge of which there is in Revelation no assurance of 
Salvation. All the tules that pertain to Solvation are, therefore, embodied 
in the Gospel, in the ministration of which life alone is infused by the 
Spirit,, for the Word and Spirit ever act in concert, and procures to alL 
that believe > Eternal Salvation,— as it pleased God, through the foolishness 
of Preaching* to save them that bilieve. 

Shamo is a principle arising from a belief of existing defects in any 
comparison expressed or implied between two or more principles or oh* 
jects that come into notice. 

In the case before us every thing 'hat lias been shown, and every thing: 
J hat can be shown is in favor of the Gospel: so that there was nor is any 
reason for shame on the part of those who believe and practice the holy 
precepts. For while the Authors of the Systems referred to were human 
and impei feet, possessing nothing mare of merit than belongs to the lot 
of frail moitality, misnamed heroism, or misguided Worldly Wisdom, the 
Author of the Gospel is perfect and divine, the King of Kings, and Lord- 
of Lords, which could be easily shown, if we had here space to show it* 
Between the purity of their lives there is no reasonable comparison, as the 
Author of the Gospel has an elevation in ihi«, so exalted, that even h'm 
enomies could not charge him with Sin; for upoi? the strictest investiga- 
tion, with desire to find fault, the Judge was constrained to acknowledge 



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\m iniUicnncc. The same might be said of his Wisdom, Mercy, Love, 
«&<:.-, for iei his enemies testify: - 4, Ncver Man spake liko Him," And it is 
.a point given up by all who know the truth, that under the mild sway of 
tho Gospel reign human happiness has attained' an elevation unknown to 
the operations of other Systems of Morality, for generally, when the Goa- 
lie! is not preached, ignorance, vice, and wretchedness, prevail to almost 
•an unlimited extent, while peace, salutary laws, and a high state of refine- 
ment in moral culture moat commonly exist under the reign of the light 
induced by Revelation, 

But as the absurdities of ancient and modern idolafiy have been driven 
away from this Countiy hy the inculcation of light, through the Gospel, 
■4 ho Spirit of Error has been compelled to assume other grounds and ex- 
ert other Systems to satisfy and justify the cravings of his misled devo- 
tees who stand in oposition to the Christian reign and rule in the hearts 
of Men; these come under the names of the several loose maxims of 
pleasure adopted among Men, too often misnamed the pleasure of polite- 
ness, fashionable amusement?, or genteel refinement. We pass, however, 
lightly over this article, hy remarking that we are not ashamed to com* 
pare the .-refinement arid pleasures of Religion to any System of this kind 
now in being; for by the comparison it can easily be shown that there is 
more suhiinii'y and elevated excellence in either the pleasurable contem- 
plation or practice of the rules of the Gospel by one hundred fold than is 
ever seen to exnt in any of its antagonist Systems. Who would not en- 
joy higher emotions* of pleasure in contemplating the perfections of tho 
great and Eternal Jehovah, in attaining a knowledge of His holy and 
righteous laws, in securing a right to the enduring riches of His promised 
felicity, contributing both in precept and example to secure the everlast- 
ing rappiuess of Man, and in learning the way to Heaven than in per- 
mitting their mind? to be wholly set on the frailties of Humanity, posses- 
sing alona the decaying suibstaj c,; of time, m shading their friends into 
lolly, error, and perdition, learning the way of disappointment in their 
crowded march to the World of ruin and Land of darkness? Who would 
not feel more real satisfaction in-tha possession of th© Kingdom of Heav- 
en and Love of Goci, first saught, than to have the life alone that now is 
without hope of that which is to come? O, who would not be happier in 
the:r associations with God's holy people, relieving the distressed, consol- 
ing the sorrowful, comforting the mourner, and enlightening the World, 
adorned with the righteousness of Christ, beautified with the grace of 
humility, and constantly protected by the Guardian Angel of Mercy, 
mingling with harmony in the Songs of Zion, surrounded by an atmos- 
phere sweetened and perfumed with the spices of the Spirit of Holiness 
and Love of God, and relieved from the dismal fears of Death and Judg- 
ment, than to be in the delirium of the Ball Room, the Tavern, or the 
Gambling House, associated with those upon whom the displeasure oi the 
Almighty God must dwell, inhaling tho pollution of vanity and nausea of 
ttie poison of intoxication, subject to the awful realities of the Second 
Death, and in constant fear of the wrath which is to come?— Surley, then, 
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We hnve so intermingled the dcotrincs of our several propositions frr 
the lir.e9 already written, and believing that Faith and Salvation are 
principles well understood, and often discussed among you, /that we shall 
pass them over by noticing a few things which relate to (heir connexion 
with the Gospel: and here, Dear Brethren, permit us to remind you of the 
sacred truths declared in the Scriptures; 'That he that helteveth on tie- 
Son hath everlasting life, while he that bclrevefb not the Son shall not 
see life, but that the wrafh of God abidelh on him. That he that be- 
lievefh and is baptized shall he saved, while he that belie vet if not shall be 
damned." 

Do you not then see how important it is to all Mankind, that thoy be* 
fieve in the only begotten Son of God, so that" they may attain Eternal 
Life and escape the awful effects of the Second Death? An impressive 
question here arises: Gan all Mankind attain Faith and Salvation? and 
if so r bow? To this the Apostle answers: that Faith comes by hearing, 
and hearing by the word of God, and by inference declares that men- 
cannot hear without Preachers, and that they cannot preach except 
they be sent. Here, again, is the truth made plain, that without the Gos- 
pel Men cannot be saved — hence it is the power of God un'o Salvation 
to everv one that believcth. If the Gospel, then, possesses tin's high 
merit and effects in the Sools t*t Men such indescribable advantages, we 
ask you, Dear Brethren, if it ought not to be highly -appreciated and eve- 
ry where disseminated? If *he Salvation of Men depend upon it, and 
millions upon millions are destitute of it, and if God hath committed »rr» 
to us its minis-' ry of reconciliation, directing us to l^t the Light shine to 
others, that they may see and escape Kternal Perdition,, and live, though 
in possession of means fait to comply with Divine Direction, do we not 
thereby incur en awful responsibility? Let us, therefore, enquire how 
the great and leading truths contained in this epistle have afiected our 
©wn poor hearts respectively. 

Have we been made the subject of Salvation by the power of the Gos- 
pel.' If so, we have the witness, the standard by which this important 
feci may be known: for we have seen as. the World never saw, and as 
the Wisdom of the World never taught us to see: vVe have been made 
to feel as the World could nevor make us feel: there have been created 
in us new discoveries & feelings, both as it respects ourselves and others: 
we have been taught the heinous character of Sin: been made to loathe 
the very things we once loved: been induced to possess new emotions, 
new desires, and to seek new associations. Are we now ashamed of the 
Crnspel! of its Author? its 0/Hinnn.ens? its Laws? Of have we the Spirit 

meaning the Spirit of its Author, who so lov e d the World that he gave 

Himself up to die a Sacrifice to save poor lost sinners? Are we, 
therefore, tike him affected by the Cry of poor prisoners in the Pit where 
there ia no water? Are we desirous of the Salvation of those who an* 
living in ignorance of the Way of Life, rememberihg that there is na 
other name given whereby Men can be saved than by the name of Je- 
sus? that millions upon millions of People have not the knowledge of the 
truth? that are calling upon (rods which are not Gods? That, although 



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it is said t h rs. t whosoever calleth upon the .nim3 of the Lord shall b* 
saved,— yet they cannot call on Him of whom they have not heard; and 
'th.it they cannot hear and oj saved without the Gospel, for it is the only 
revealed power of God unto Salvation? O! Consider, Christian Header, 
how much tbe Gospel has done foi yojr family, relations, and Country. 
Contemplate your condition provided you had never heard of Jesus; never 
heard the Gospel, Heinember with gratitude how it has relieved your 
burdened Sou!, elevated your eternal hopes, and saved you in promise 
from deserved and eternal burnings; made you enjoy the consolations of 
*he present, with the promise of the life which is to come; created you 
•an Heir of Giory and joint Heir with the Lord Jesus Christ; and while 
your Sou's nre swimming in the sweet waters of such exalted contem- 
plation, remember through the agency of God's People you have been 
made partakers of this unspeakable felicity and these inimitable riches; 
and when you thus consider, permit your minds to embrace the truths so 
4hat you see millions of poor misguided beings yet in the region and shad- 
ow of death, stretching out their hands to you for a know-ledge of the 
truth, as if they were standing upon a raging ocean o( fieiy billows, 
•struggling foi lifo and lingering in hopas, ere they sink, that you will 
lielp t/iem. and then say,— O! put your hands upon your hearts and say 
in sigh' of the awful Judgment Day, if you ought not to help them; are 
you not bound by every obligaioa that can be named in the language of. 
Earl hand Heaven to do something to aid in their recovery from 
ruin? — Remember that Jesus said: "As ye would that men should do to 
you do ye the same unto them; 1 ' and then ask Yourselves the question, 
whether, if you were in I heir situation you would not bo glad to attain 
deliverance from the awful and impending doom? 

Can you remain inactive and content m view of sufferings so immense 
while your Brethren are laboring with unabated zeal and sacrificing all 
most every thing of the prospects of the present life, combatting in- 
strange lands with the armies of the adversaries of Souls? Can you see 
them sink beneath thf» burden of their anxious conflict, and the cause of 
your Redeemer go down, and yet believe that you arn influenced by the 
Spirit of Chmf Jesus, and that the Love of God dwells richly in your 
hearts? Is it possible, now, after the King of Zion has seemingly impress 
&ed the Signet of his approbation, and wonderfully prospered the Mission- 
ary cause, so that the streams of the sweet waters of lifa, in beautiful 
currents are gliding onward to irrigate and gladden the psospects of the 
Heathen Nations, by making the Wilderness and Solitary Piace to blos- 
som like the rose, that any Christian heart can coldly and unfeelingly op- 
pose the efforts of those who are laboring to speed their onward course, 
and thus by distracting and dividing the councils and efforts of the 
Church impede and stop the flowing of those soul-refreshing streams, and 
yet have no fears that they are acting the part of those blind guides against 
whom the woes of God are pronounced, in Mathew 23d: Who shut up the 
Kingdom ot Heaven against Men, and would neither go in themselves 
nor suffer others that were entering to go in. 

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think, and before they permit their minds to be (oo much overwhelmed 
by the Love of Gain, to calculate the worth of an immortal Soul, and to 
ask themselves what it would profit a man to gain the whole World and 
yet loose his own Soul; and should they question, in the slightest de^roe, 
In defiance of light so clearly exhibited, the propriety of sending the Gos- 
el to All Nations, let them remember that the Savior's instructions were: 
♦Go ye into all the World and preach my Gospel to eveiv Creature. v — 
And if any should question the right of the Ministry to their support from 
the Church, let them remember that it is written in the Holy Scriptures 
which they profess to love: ♦'That God hath ordained that they who preach 
the Gospel should live of the GofpeL" 

Do you enquire then by what rule to this question, we answer let the 
same sacred scriptures prescribe the rule, and for that purpose, we incite 
you to the 10th & 11th chapters of 2d Corinthians, where among other 
things, the Apostleo^ays, attending to this very question, 4 I robbed other 
Churches, taking wages of them, that I might serve you." — For wo 
stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not un- 
to you, for we are come as far as to you also, in preaching the Gospel of 
Christ, not boasting of things without our measure — that is^of other men's 
labors, but having hope that when your faith is increased, that we shall bo 
enlarged by you according- to our rule abundantly to preach the Gospel, 
in the Regions beyond you. Here the Apostle lays down his rule, which 
is the Gospel rule, in all plainness, declaring what he had done for the 
People at Corinth: that when thsy were weak he had not only taken his 
common wages, but had really taken more than wages; had even robbed 
other Churches that he might preach the Gospel to them, and that ac- 
cording to this rule, when the Gospel was established in Corinth, and the 
Faith increased, he hoped that he should be so abundantly enlarged by 
their Contributions, that he would be able to Preach the Gospel in the 
Borders far beyond them. Let us all then awake to righteousness- O! 
Zion! awake! awake! put on thy strength, thy beautiful garments! Arise 
from the dust! Burst loose the bonds of thy neck! Show yourself in 
your true Christian Character! Shine forth as the Morning! fair as the 
Moon! clear as the Sun! and terrible as an Army with Banners! Drive 
away the enemies of the Soul! Overcome Ignorance! Dispell Darkness 
from among Men, and become as you ought to be: the Beauty and Glory 
of the whole Earth! For Zion'rf sake hold not your Peace! And for Je- 
rusalem's sake do'nt rest until the Glory of the Lord shines forth as 
Brightness, and its Excellence as a Lamp that burneth, until you en- 
lighten tho minds or Men to the Ends of the Earth! And may the Lord 
give you right Spirits, and help you to act out lives of Holy Obedience 
to Ilia Divine Will, «o that we may all meet in the Realms of Glory, and 
enjoy the fruits of that Blessed Land of Unfading Felicity to all Eterni- 
ty!!! 

Ii. McCURRY, Moderator. 
B. BRUCE, Clerk, ' 



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Iff 1 2* tJ * IS M 

OF THE 

EIGHTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 

GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 

CONVENED AT 
COOPERS GAP CHURCH, POLK COUNTY, N. C. 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 4th, 1848, AND DAYS FOLLOWING. 



FRIDAY.— The introductory Sermon was delivered by Elder L. McCurry, from Acts* 
Xx. chapter, 28 — 30 verses. 

After a short recess, the delegates convened in the Meeting House, when solemn prayer 
was made by Elder L. McCurry. , 

As Elder L. McCurry, the former Moderator, had previously connected himself with : % 
newly constituted Church, and was not now a member.of this Union; upon motion, Elder J. C. 
Grayson was called to the chair, protempcre, and the Association proceeded to business, as 
follows; 

1. Received and read letters from twenty-three churches, minuted the Delegates names 
and accounts transmitted. 

2. Upon invitation given, received into membership four newly organized churches, i. e. 
Rock Spring, Packolet, Mount Zion and Laurel Springs. It being understood and agreed upon 
that the last article in the Constitutional faith of Mount Zion Church is in no wise to effect the. 
members of other Churches in this Union. 

3. Elected Elder J. C. Grayson, Moderator. 

4. Elected Elder B. Bruce, Clerk, who declined serving in consequence of bad health, 
whereupon the Association proceeded to hold another election, which resulted in the choice of 
Elder J. M. Webb, to that office. 

5. Appointed a Committee of Arrangement, consisting of Elders J. C. Grayson, Ja« M\ 
Webb, B. Bruce, L. McCurry, and Bro. T. Davis ; and upon motion, referred to tbetfi ■?.!' '. . 
papers and documents belonging to the Association. 

Elder M. Rickman led in prayer, and the Association adjourned until 10 o'clock to-mo r 
row morning. 

SATURDAY. — The Association met according to adjournment; Prayer by the Moderator. 

7. The Committee of Arrangement reported ; report confirmed and the Committee dis- 
charged from that branch of its business, 

8. Read the Rules of Decorum. 

9. Read Letters from Corresponding Associations and received their Messengers, to wit ; 
From the Broad River, a packet of minutes, no letter or messenger. From the Catawba Riv- 
er, a Letter, no messenger. From the Tyger River, a letter and minutes at the hands of her 
messenger, Elder R. Woodruff. From the French Broad, no letter or minutes ; but Elders S. 
M. Collis, D. W. Murrey and Wm. Keith presented themselves as messengers, and gave 
satisfactory evidence of their appointments and were cordially received. From the Salem, no 
letter, but Elders H. W. Patterson, P. Owens, M. Rickman, and Brother' Joseph King, pre- 
sented a minute of the proceedings of that body, showing their appointments and were there- 
fore cordially received. 

10. Upon motion, Elder S. G. Hamilton, lately of this body, but now visiting from Geor- 
gia, accepted an invitation and was received and took part in the councils of the meeting. 

11. Appointed Brethren to write letters to Corresponding Associations and Messengers to . 
bearthem. To wit: 

Elder J. M. Webb, to write to the Broad River and Elders J. M. Webb, H. Colbreath and 
L. McCurry, Messengers. 

Elder B. Bruce, to write to the Tyger River, and Elders J.M.Webb, L. McCurry and 
Brothers T. Davis and R. Scoggins, Messengers. 

Elder J. C. Grayson, to write to the Catawba River, and Elders J. C. Grayson, B. Bruce, J. 
M. Webb and Brother T. Davis, Messengers. 

Brother T. Davis to write to the French Broad, and Elders J. F. Pendergrass, A. Padgett.^ 
T. B. Justice and Brother H. Padgett, Messengers. f. 

Elder T. B. Justice, to write to the Salem, and Elders J. C. Grayson, J. M. Webb, B. Br \ il( 
and II. M.Sloope, Messengers. ^^ ., A the, 

12. Appointed a Committee of Finance, consisting-of S. McCurry, l A 
M. Ownsby. 




J. Appointed a Committee to arrange Union Meetings, consisting of A. Padgett, J 
^key, and W. M. Allen. 

14. Elected Elder J. M. Webb, to preach the Missionary Sermon on the Sabbath and 01 
dered that immediately thereafter a collection be taken up to aid the operations of the Wester^ 
Convention. 

15. Elected Elders R. Woodruff, M. Rickman and S. G. Hamilton, to occupy the stan 
on the Sabbath, in connection with Elder J. M. Webb, according to the order of their names. 

16. Elected Elder J. M. Webb, to write the Circular Letter for the next Association am 
ordered that his subject be the 1st verse of the 3d chapter of the Galatians, "O foolish Gala 
tians, who hath bewitched you, that you should not obey the truth before whose eyes Jesus Chru' 
hath been evidently set forth crucified among you" 

17. The Committee on Finance reported $28 28f , as the amount sent up by the Churche. 
for printing the Minutes, &c. Report adopted and the Committee discharged. 

18. The Committee on Union Meetings reported their arrangement as follows : 

That the first Union Meeting be held with the Greens Creek Church, to commence on Fr 
day before the first Lord's day in March, 1849. Elders D. Pannell H. M. Sloope, Joab Wilke .■ 
H. Calbrealh, and T. B. Justice to attend it. 

That the second Union Meeting be held with Ebenezer Church, commencing on Friday be- 
fore the first Sabbath in April, 1849 Elders J. C. Grayson, J, M. Webb, D. Pannell, J. 'WiU 
key, A. Padgett, and B. Page, to attend it. 

That the third Union Meeting be held with the Bethel Church, commencing on Friday pre 
ceeding the second Sabbath in April, 1849. Elder- r . M. Webb, L. McCurry, J. C. Grayson, 
&. M. Collis, D. W. Murrey, J. F. Penderg. ass i>\ e, and A. Padgett to attend it. 

19. Elected Elder J. C. Grayson f rmon introductory to the next meeting of 
this body, and Elder A. Padgett his a] 

20. Upon motion, Resolv>> oi Associatisn be held with the Rig Spring Church, 
Rutherford county, N. C., 18 mi! Rut! ^rdton, on Friday preceeding the first Sab- 
bath in August, A. D 1 Jay& following. 

21. Upon motion. proc< the consideration of the Query from Walls Church, upci 
the subject el m; jrning that the friendly relations between that Church and one 
of the rifts or Association had to some extent been disturbed by ihe agi- 
tation o; miry, upon motion and due deliberation, appointed a Committee of 

I oi Elders J. C. Grayson, J. M. Webb, L. McCurry, B. Bruce and br<x 
dlvim'r. _> to meet with a Committee of the same number to be sent by the Broad 

' 5 s j a( ;.. v ,on, should that body agree, at Concord Meeting House, on Friday before t 
e>etui 3 Sabbafh in December next, to labor with and advise the Brethren, settle the difficulty 
store peace and fellowship if possible. 

22. Upon application, Elder J. M. Webb was excused from delivering the Missionary Ser 
mon on to-morrow, in consequence of the deranged state of the health of his family, and the 
Association held a new election, which resulted in the choice of Elder J. C. Grayson to fill that 
ippc'jitment, 

IS. The following resolution, introduced by bro. T. Davis, was read and ordered to lie on 
ible until Monday. 

Resolved, That this Association recommend to all the Churches within the bounds of 1 be 
ern Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, to meet by delegation at some suitable 
and place, in order to adjust the difficulty, if possible, that has and does now exist amc 
of our Brethren and Churches within the bounds of the Convention, upon the subject, >. 
] with the Big Ivy Association. 

31der J. M» Webb led in prayer, and the Association adjourned until 9 o'clock on Mom 
ing. 

LORD'S DAY. — The labors of the day were performed by those appointed. Elder R 
druff, commenced the morning services, and delivered a Sermon from Isa. 5th chap. 4th 
. Elder J. C. Grayson followed in a Sermon on Jeremiah, 50th cfrap. 51st verse ; and 
succeeded by Elder M. Rickman on Job, 17th chap. 9th verse, when the concluding servi 
ere conducted by Elder S. G. Hamilton. The whole performance was solemn and inter 
y, and from the attention and tenderness exhibited in the congregation in attendance, it is 
hoped and confidently believed, that lasting good will result from the devotional exercises of the 
day. According to direction, a collection was taken up, amounting to $15, immediately af 
the delivery of the second sermon to aid the operations of the Western State Convention. * 

MONDAY. — The Association met according to adjournment. Elder T. Henson led in 
prayer. 

The Circular Letter prepared by Elder J. C. Grayson, was received, read and adopted and 
ulered to be printed in connexion witn the minutes of this Session. 
Corresponding Letters were received, read and adopted. 

jnotkjflgfrlered that the Clerk superintend the printing and distribution of as m<v ' 
roceedings of this Session as the remaining funds on hand will Justin 
services rendered in his official capacity. 



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Upon motion, Resolved, that the thanks of this Association are due and are hereby tendei 

ie citizens of this vicinity, for the very kind manner in which they have entertained its 
members during the present Session. 

Upon motion, ordered, that Mount Zion Church be attached to the first District. That 
Rock Spring and Packolet, be attached to the second, and Laurel Springs tothe„third District. 

The resolution introduced on Saturday by Bro. T. Davis, upon the subject of Union with 
■>■ Big Ivy Association, was taken up and considered, and after an animated discussion, with- 
drawn by the mover. 

Upon motion, ordered that ten dollars of the monies collected on the Sabbath to aid the 
operations of the Western Convention, be applied to the department of Home or Domestic 
Missions, and the ballance to the Department of Foreign Missions. 

Elected Elders J. C. Grayson, B. Bruce and L. McCurry, members to the next meeting 
of the Western Convention. 

The concluding prayer was solemnly made by Elder P. Owen, and the Association ad- 



ourned Sim Die. 
J. M. WEBB, Clerk. 



J. C. GRAYSON, Moderator. 



CIRCULAR LETTER. 

The Green River Baptist Association to the Churches in Union, 
Senrtcth Christian Sanitation : 

Dear Brethren, we address you this year, on the subject of Church Discipline. 
The Baptists, as a denomination, take the New Testament for their discipline, 
leaving each church to form its own Articles of Faith, and Rules of Order accor- 
ding to that, being amenable to no other church or ecclesiastical body whatever. 
A church, therefore, is the highest ecclesiastical authority or body known in the 
New Testament. The churches, then, are the source of all power, and Associ- 
ations and other ecclesiastical bodies, have only a delegated authority, by which 
ihey act for, and in the name of, their constituents ; and their decisions have no 
other force than the moral power which united wisdom and piety give them. — 
[t is the duty of all who are members of churches, to acquaint themselves with 
-he constitution and design of the church, or they cannot properly enjoy its priv- 
ileges, or discharge their duty as members. 

What, then, is a Christian Church 1 

1st. By the Church we are to understand the whole of God's chosen people, 
in every period of time. Thus, Paul speaks of the " General Assembly and 
church of the first born. (Heb. 12, 22-25.) Again he says, "Feed the church 
of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood." (Acts 20, 28.) 2d. A 
Christian church we understand to be an assembly of baptized believers, united 
to one another by their own voluntary consent, and meeting in one place for the 
solemn worship of God. (Acts 9, 31. Rom. 1, 7. 1st Cor. 1, 2. Eph. 1, 1. Phil. 
1, 1. Col. 1, 1. 1st Thes. 1. 1.) As every church should be governed by the word 
of God, it is necessary that there should be officers in each church, to carry out 
the purposes designed by Christ in the constitution of churches, in the way the 
church understands them. These we find to be of two orders, only, that is, 
Bishops and Deacons. (Phil. 1, 1.) Bishops to attend to its spiritual affairs, and 
Deacons to attend to its temporal concerns. That there are but two, is evident 
from the fact that we have no information concerning the choice, qualification, or 
duties of any other. See 1st Tim. 3, 1-13. That Elder, Pastor and Bishop are 
only different terms for the same office, is evident from Acts 20, 17, compared 
with the 28th verse. In the 17th verse we are told that Paul sent to Ephesus 
and called the Elders of the church together and made an affectionate address to 
them, in which he said, " Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all f !i( 
flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you o- 
church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blo^ 

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1, 5-7, and 1st Peter 5, 1-2 ; 1st Tim. 5, 1. The Deacons were appointed to 
receive and pay out the funds of the church ; especially those which are raised 
for the relief of the poor. All other offices but these are the inventions of men, 
and not the appointment of Christ. A Christian church, with its office bearers, 
is complete in itself for the observance of divine ordinances, and the exercise of 
discipline. 

Having briefly noticed the character of the church of sJesus Christ, we come 
now to speak of the discipline of the church. Discipline means order and regu- 
larity in the government of the church, derived solely from the word of God ; 
which regards the purity, and peace, and usefulness of its members. Discipline 
is to a church what order and regularity are to a family, or the administration 
of law to a nation. It is not intended to coerce the judgment and consciences of 
men, or avenge any public or private injury, but it is designed to effect the obser- 
vance of those means by which the holiness, comfort and usefulness of christians 
may be preserved and improved ; to show the influence of the christian religion 
in producing all that is excellent, amiable and beneficial ; to secure the fulfil- 
ment of all the relative obligations of chuich union ; to attract all persons to 
join the church, whose minds and characters are governed by evangelical truth 
and undissembled piety ; and to remove from the church such as prove them- 
selves to be unworthy of a place among the followers of Christ. There are ma- 
ny passages in the New Testament which clearly recognise, or positively and 
authoritatively enforce, the exercise of discipline in the church of Christ ; and it 
becomes all who bow to his spiritual rule, to hear what the Spirit saith to the 
churches on this subject. See Matthew 18, 15-18 ; 1st Cor. 5, 2 ; 2d Thes. 3, 6, 
and Titus 3, 10-11. The government of the church, according to th? Scriptures, 
is congregational ; and in all the business transactions of the church, where there 
is a difference of opinion, it should be left to the free suffrage of the church ; and 
the minority ought to submit to the majority, except in receiving members into 
the church, in which all must be agreed. If the Acts of the Apostles be studied 
with care, this will appear sufficiently clear. We shall find that nothing was 
done in the primitive churches without the co-operation of the lay members; no, 
not even when the Apostles themselves were present. Even the election of a 
new Apostle was made by the brethren, and not by the Ministers exclusively. — 
(Acts 1, 21-23.) The decrees of the Council at Jerusalem were passed also by 
the Church, and went forth in the name of the Apostles, Elders, and brethren. — 
(Acts 15, 22-23.) From hence we infer, although no case occurs in the inspired 
history, where a church elected its Pastor, yet it so entirely accords with the 
practice of the Church in other respects, that an exception in this particular 
would have been a singular case. The decision of reason harmonizes on this 
subject with Revelation, for if we have an undoubted right to choose our own 
lawyer or doctor, how much more so, to elect the man to whom we shall intrust 
the care of our soul. The choice of Deacons also should be by a vote of the 
church ; and this should be taken into prayerful consideration at least one month 
before the choice is made. In the first appointment of Deacons, we are told that 
the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, " Wherefore 
brethren, look ye out among ye seven men, of honest report, full of the Holy 
Ghost," &c. " And the saying pleased the whole multitude, and they chose 
Stephen, a man full of faith," &c. Read the whole account in Acts 6, 1-6. 

But on this part of the subject we need not enlarge. It appears to have been 
the practice of Baptist churches (or those that believed and practiced as the Bap- 
tists do now,) to do their business by the free suffrage of the members of the 
church — from the days of the Apostles to the present time.* But the limits of a 
Circular will not permit us to offer the historical proof. 

Revolution, there was near the house of Mr. (afterwards President,) 
^Baptist church, which was governed on congregational principles, and 

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In attending to those things which are the proper objects of discipline, our first 
concern should be, to see that all our measures are aimed at the good of the par- 
ty, and the honor of God. Both these ends are pointed out in the case of the Cor- 
inthian offender. All was to be done, " that his spirit mi^ht be saved in the day 
of the Lord," and to clear themselves ns a church from being partakers of his sin. 
If these ends be kept in view they will preserve us from much error ; particularly 
from the two great evils into which Churches are in danger of falling— a false ten- 
derness, and an unchristian severity. * . 

In the exercise of discipline it is necessary to distinguish between faults which 
are the consequence of sudden temptatation, and such as are the result of premed- 
itation and habit. In all our admonitions regard should be had to the age and char- 
acter of the party. An elder, as well as other men, may be in fault, and a fault 
that may require to be noticed, but let him be told of it in a tender and respectful 
manner. While you expostulate with young men on terms of equality, pay a def- 
erence to age and office. Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father, and 
the younger men as brethren. (1 Tim. 5. I.) The charge given by the Apostle 
to the Romans. (16, 17—18.) Tho' applicable to a church, yet seems to be ra- 
ther addressed to the individuals who compose it. "Now I beseech you brethren, 
mark them which cause divisions and offences, contrary to the doctrine which 
ye have learned, and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord 
Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive 
the hearts of the simple." The characters to be avoided appear to be persons 
whose object is to set up a party in the church, of which they may be the heads, 
or leaders, a kind of religious demagogues. Such men are found at one time or 
another, in most churches ; and in some cases the peace of the church has been 
invaded by a stranger, who is not of their own community. Let the brethren 
have their eyes upon such men. Mark them. Trace their conduct, and you 
will soon discover their motives. Stand aloof from them, and avoid sticking in 
with their dividing measures. 

In all cases of personal offence, the rule laid down by our Lord in the 18th 
chapter of Matthew, ought to be strictly attended to; and no such offence ought 
to be permitted to come before a church until that precept of Christ has been first 
complied with by the party, or parties concerned. 

When a member is turned out of the church, if he still continues in a state of 
impenitence, persists in his sin, or be unreconciled to the church's proceedings 
with him, it is of the utmost consequence that every member should act a uniform 
part towards him. We may it is true, continue our ordinary course with him, 
as a man, in the concerns of this life ; but there must be no familiarity, no social 
intercourse, no visitingsto, or from him, nothing in short, that is expressive of ig- 
norance at his conduct. " If any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or 
covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner, we must not 
keep company with such an one, no, not to eat." — 1. Cor. 5, 11. If individual 
members act contrary to this rule, and carry it freely towards an offender, as if 
nothing had taken place, it will render the censure of the church of no effect. — 
Those persons also, who behave in this manner, will be considered by the party 
as his friends, and others, who stand aloof as his enemies, or at least as being un- 
reasonably severe, which will work confusion, and render void the best and most 
wholesome discipline. We must act in concert, or we may as well do nothing. — 
Members who violate this rule are partakers of other men's sins, and deserve the 
rebukes of the church, for counteracting it's meusures.* 

whose monthly meetings he often attended. Being asked how he was pleased with their church 
government, he replied that it had struck him with great force, and interested him very much ; 
that he considered it the only form of pure democracy that then existed i jjkiy, world, and hat} 
concluded that it would he the best plan of government for the American £ 
*Fullers works, Vol. 2, page 4G5. 




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If the crimes of rich men be either entirely overlooked or but slightly touched, 
lest the cause should suffer from their bei nor offended, or if the misconduct of poor 
men be disregarded on the ground of their persons being" of little or no account, 
"are we not carnal, and walk as men ?" Brethren, are there any such things a- 
mongst us? search and see. Such things ought not to be. If a member with- 
draw from a church, the church ought to admonish him, and if he cannot be re- 
claimed, to exclude him, but the withdrawing cannot itself dissolve the relation. 
Till such exclusion has taken place, he is a member, and his conduct affects their 
reputation, as much as that of any other member. With regard to a neglect of 
discipline lest it should injure the cause — it should be our concern to obey the 
laws of Christ, and leave him to support his own cause. If it sink by a fulfill- 
ment of his commandments, let it sink. He will not censure us for not support- 
ing the ark with unhallowed hands. And, if it be criminal to fear the rich, it 
cannot be less so, to despise the poor. Let brotherly love abound towards both. 
Do all things without partiality and without hypocricy. 

It is a mistake to suppose an individual should not be excluded from the fel- 
lowship of the Church, if his conduct deserves it, because he has been esteemed 
a christian. Admitting the possibility of a child of God, falling into gross and 
open sin, as did David and Peter, yet who can tell till such a one be reclaimed, 
that he is not an apostate? But if we could know to the contrary, yet it is evi- 
dent while unreclaimed, he is neither fit for Heaven, nor the fellowship of the 
Church. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of 
God ? Be not deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolators, nor adulterers, nor af- 
feminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor 
drunkards, nor revilers.nor extortioners, shall inherit the Kingdom of God— 1st 
Cor. 6, 9-10. When the children of God forsake his law and walk not in his 
Judgments, when they break his statutes and keep not his commandments : Then 
he will visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes, and 
sooner or later, reclaim them as sheep wandering from the fold. The Church 
ought to enter into this gracious design, and by withdrawing their fellowship 
from the wandering brother, endeavor the sooner to reclaim him. This is cer- 
tainly a duty they owe to him and the cause of God. By pretending to be igno- 
rant of his sin, and retaining him in their fellowship, they help to lull his con- 
science a sleep, and delay the needful work of repentance, and disgrace the 
church of God. The individual mentioned in 1 Cor. 5. 1, was probably a con- 
verted man, yet Paul advised that he be immediately excluded, v. 5. This act 
of the Church had the desired effect, for we read in 2d Cor. 2. 7, Paul's direction 
for his restoration. Another mistake in some churches, is that so long as an in- 
dividual confesses his sin, the church is bound to forgive him, and continue their 
fellowship, however gross and frequent his crimes may have been. This mista- 
ken notion, has arisen from a misapplication of the Saviour's directions con- 
tained in Luke 17. 3-4. "Take heed to yourselves; if thy brother trespass 
against thee, rebuke him, and if he repent forgive him. And if he trespass against 
thee seven times in a day, and turn and say I repent, thou shalt forgive him." — 
This direction is not to a Church collectively in dealing with members, but for an 
individual christian, in his conduct towards another, who has offended him peri 
sonally. It is no difference how often such an offence is repeated, if the offender 
turn and express his sorrow for it, (with apparent contrition of heart,) thou shalt 
forgive him. The case however is very different, where an individual is guilty 
of gross immorality. In such a case we have a very plain direction what to do 
in 1. Cor. 5. 11, that is, not to keep company with a man that is called a brother, 
if he be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an 
extortioner ; wiih such a one, no not to eat. The perversion of this scripture, 
of much evil, in s6me of our churches. Individuals are 
p, who are habitual drunkards. They come forward from 
their faults, and arc forgiven, They go away, repeat the 




same fault, and are still forgiven* This confession, too. frequently is not votitw 
tary, hut forced. They will not come to the church, to confess, until called up 
on, and then probably endeavor to extenuate the offense, as much as possible, 
laying the blame not so much on themselves, as the circumstances of the case. 
The day was cold or tvet, they met with a friend, who invited them to drink / % 
they took only one or ttuo drams, and the effect was greater than was expected, 
and after all, they were not so drunk as represented. Yet when this lame con- 
fession is at length extorted, he must be forgiven, according to this mistaken no- 
tion) although his conduct is injuring the cause of religion, and in direct opposi- 
tion to the Scripture, "with such a one, no, not to eat." If this principle of inter- 
pretation be continued, it will be impossible for any ( man to be excluded from the 
church, however bad his conduct may have been, since such a one can always 
bring forward repentance, in arrest of judgment, when the church is about to 
turn him out. 

But, we ought to have as tender a regard for the glory of God as we do for 
our brother, and whenever it is clearly known by any of the members of the 
church, and by him or them made known to the church, that one of its members 
is guilty of adultery or fornication, or abusers of themselves with mankind, or 
any other such presumptuous sins, it is the duty of the church to exclude such 
a member immediately, no difference what his confession may be. whether he be 
present or absent; and if a church fails to do her duty, as above named, she 
brings a reproach on herself, and the cause of religion. The end to be answered 
is not merely the good of the offender, but to clear the church from the very ap- 
pearance of immorality. Though Miriam might be truly sorry for her sin, in 
having spoken against Moses, and though she might be healed of her leprosy; 
yet the Lord said, "Let her be shut out from the camp seven days, and after 
that let her be received in again." And, brethren, the sin of drunkenness stands 
side by side with the above named enormous sins, and it may not be proper m — «■ 
all cases to exclude a member from the church the first time he gets drunk, yet ] 
unless there is something more than common plead in extenuation of his fault, 
he ought to be expelled from the church for the second offense. And, dear 
brethren, we are admonished in the Scriptures to abstain from every appearance 
of evil, (1 Peter 3 3, 22,) and as dram-drinking is the down-hill road to drunken- 
ness, it has, the appearance of evil, and very often leads to that evil. Every 
church member therefore, ought to abstain from drinking intoxicating liquors, 
except absolutely necessary with medicine. For it is evident to every person of 
discernment that there are very few persons who are habitual dram-drinkers, but 
what drink too much at times. And let it be distinctly understood among us, 
that it is an outrage on good breeding, and an insult to a christian, for any man 
to set out spirits and ask him to drink. And by so doing, endeavor to ward off 
the dark blot of intemperance which has disgraced the churches. 

Dear brethren, it is impossible in the limits of a Circular to treat on all the 
points of discipline that will come before the churches. We have endeavored 
to give some general directions, and called your attention to some particular 
things, which we thought most likely to be useful to the churches. 

"Finally: a watchful eye upon the state of the church, and of particular 
members with a reasonable interposition, may do more towards the preservation 
of good order, than all other things put together. Discourage whisperings, back- 
bitings and jealousies. Frown on tale bearers. Nip contentions in the bud. — - 
Adjust differences on civil matters amongst yourselves." "Behold how good 
and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity." " Now unto him 
that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the pres- 
ence of his glory with exceeding joy: To the only wise God ; our Saviour, be 
glory and majesty dominion and power, both now and ever. jAme 

J, C. GRAYi 

J. M. Webb. Clerk. 



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On motion, adjourned tail Monday 9 o'clock. 
. Praver by Elder J. [vans. 

Mj&r&Ps tiaym—The word of life wns preachee 
to a very large and well ordered congregation. -with zea . 

th:? services ofthe day were opened by J. (7. Gravson, art 
J. M. Webb followed on \ Timothy, 1, 15, and W. Hill on . 
And we hope the good effects will be realized in days to come. 

aJPSoii^ay*^ Wet according to adjournment. Prayer by E; 
W. I 'a tier. son. 

18. The corresponding letters were rend and adopted. 

19. On motion took up the request of the Salem Association,' a«i ex\ 
pressed in her letter of correspondence; desiring this body to send doklj 

'.^ites from all the churches composing Mie Association, to meet in Co&l 
vection on Friday befoie the 1st Sunday in April next, at Salem, in H&r*-; 
Person county, for the purpose of devising wavs and means to induce a 
Reconciliation between the United and the Fees Will Baptist,. Upon 
ahtel consideration whereof. Resolved that as tnis Association is ijojHnibr 
/».d upon the character and extent o( proceedings and measures to be 
tiuoptew, by said convention, that we deem it inexpedient tor the church- 
m to send delegates as requested. "But that five delegate;.; be apooiniel 
by the Association, to meet in said Convention: as well to ascertain \h :- 
character of its proceeding, as to express and explain the views of this 
Association upon the measures proposed; whereupon the following bretti ■ 
sen were 'appointed to attend, viz: Elders J. M. Webb, J. C. Grayson. 
IL W. Hatterson, L. Mc Curry And $> G, //a mi! ton. 

20. Elesolv.ed, That the C lerk superintend the printing and di$fribnijjn*', 
of tha Minutes — th it he get as many copies printed as he can, for too ?..- 
mount of money on hand. 

21. Resolved, Thai the (hanks of this Association is due, find is hereby 
tendered to the church, and citizens of this vicinity, for these kiudnem in, 
the accommodation of this body, during its present session. 

22. Distributed corresponding Minutes, 

23. On motion, adjourned to the time and place &IWe haraecL 



Prayer by-Elder J. Wilkey. 
J. C. Gi^yson, Clerk. 



J, M. WEBB, MQ'OKs.;ii>ote. 



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* Association tu the Ghuecses in Union: 
oved of Cod, and such as are called to be Saints,—** 
rsto you, and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Je- 
» irist, 
Wv give thanks to our Almighty parent,, dearly beloved Brethren, that 
? .i his tender mercies, we arc now enjoying another pleasant Asso- 
uional interview; and that by his abundant grace continued unto us, we 
are permitted in compliance with directions given by our last Association, 
io send you this, our Address of Love, upon the subject explanatory of 
the 10th versj of the 3rd chapter of Paul's first Letter to Timothy: "And 
Jftt these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a Deacon, 
being- found blameless." 

The instructions given in every portion of divine revelation, constitutes *' 
% subject of deep solicitude to the Christian mind, as it is of the first im- 
portance that the will of God should be known and understood, that it 
may be reverenced and obeyed. Especially does an increasing interest J# 
attach itself to the invessi^ation of those peculiar traits, existing in thc^^ 
character of men, (as described in the Scriptures.^ by which ihey are 
known to possess a ritnoss to be leaders and Ministers in the household of 
faith. The magnitude of these facts will no doubt, effect your minds im- 
pressively, when we remind you that in every age of the world, the most 
fruitful sources of the evils and distresses that have afflicted the Christian • 
Church, have arisen from the misrule, negligence, ignorance or misdirec- 
tion of persons appointed to be leaders in its ordinary services. 

This circumstance should, (we think,) convince you, that you can 
scarcely be too careful in your selections to fill the office referred to in 
the texi; and that, should any Deacons already have been appointed, who 
have failed to fill the measure of duties assigned tbem, that jou cannot 
too soon, adopt measures that will be calculated to fill up the vacuum cre- 
ated by their unfaithfulness, either by constraining them to obey the re- 
quirements exhibitedin our sacred rule, or to give place to others who wiil< 
obey them. 

That we may place the subject before you in the plainest manner 
possible, we design through the assistance of our Almighty parent, to treat 
upon its several branches under the following classification, i. e. 

First, to show the proof necessary to be made anterior to the ordination 
of Deacons. Secondly, how they, \vhea ordained, should use their office, 
iind Thirdly, the consequences that willmost assuredly result from the 
>or in which it is used. 

us to remark in advance, upon the, first point, thai by compar- . 

resent practice wiih that which was advised and adopted by the 

\nd brethren, at the time the office was constituted in the Apos- 

will be seen and shown, that tfrere has been a greater depar- 

primitive loveliness in this particular, than is seen to exist in 

\ranch of Christian discipline. The rule by which they were 

having respect especially to the abilities, qualifications and 

" persons chosen, to discharge the functions of theu^jjfce.— 



Ability, qnalificafioiv and disposition, being now, almost entirely neglect- 
ed and disregarded. 

That every person chosen to the deaconship, should be, (to usa a com- 
mon phrase,) a good man, is not denied, but that there are thousands of 
food men in the pales of 'our Church, that have no capacity or fitness to 
act in the character of deacons, is proven, as well by common experience, 
i as the word of God, for if it had not been so, the Apostle's directions in 
the text before U3, would have been unmeaning, when he says, "let them 
first be proved," which plainly implies that members are unfit to fill t!m 
office, unless they possess that measure of capacity, which will enable 
them to accomplish the end proposed in its creation; and to show more 
clearly, what proof is necessary to be made upon tho subject, we here 
beg leave to advert to, and show, what that end or obje?t was : 

In the days when Christianity existed in its pristine loveliness, and stood 
'beautifully arrayed in its golden vestments of disinterested purity, mem- 
bers of the church did not manifest so much penuriousness toward God, 
and such an unbounded love lor worldly good and promotion, as they 
have since done; for it is in evidence in the word of God, that "so manv 
as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of 
vj$he things thai were sold, and laid them down at the Apostles' {eet, ,? pre- 
senting it as an offering to the cause of Christ, and to he used as would 
best tend to the promotion and advancement of his kingdom in the salva- 
tion of sinners. This money was intended to supply the temporal wants 
of the Church, and was to be distributed as occasion, justice, mercv, or ne- 
cessity might require, and these requirements may be classified under 
thiee general branches, viz: The support of the gospel, the support ot tba 
poor, and the support of the Lord's table, with incidental expenses, &c.-~ 
In the earliest Relays of Christianity, the distribution of this fund was com- 
mitted entirely to the superintendence of the Apostles and preachers of 
the gospel; but when the number of the disciples were multiplied, there a- 
lose a murmuring upon the subject of distribution, which gave rise to v. 
Council of the multitude, which was called together by the twelve Aoos^ 
ties (see Acts, 6th c.) who said, "It is not reasonable that we should 
leave the word of God and serve tables: wherefore, brethren, look ve out 
from among you, seven men of honest report, full of ihe Holy Ghost and 
wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; but we will give our- 
selves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word, and the 
saying pleased the whole multitude," &c. In obedience to this direction, 
the seven were chosen, and by the apostles ordained to that office. 

The particular features of this relation, to which we wish to invite .your 
attention at this stage of our remarks are, that the persons then to becho* 
sen, were required to be men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost 
and wisdom. This standard of measure then adopted, was designed by 
the great head of the Church, to constitute the lule by which all, in 
ceeding generations, who were called to fill the offices of deacons, 
he tried. And it is just as necessary now, that those appointed iM 
?fice should be tried by that rule, as it was then. First, then, wl 
cons are to be appointed in our churches — the enquiry should be, 
men of honest report? For it certainly should be required of 
are to superintend this branch of the business of the Church,. 
charaoteL\s : o r ags i wl|ifid honesty; otherwise they could no* bee 




render full satisfaction in the discharge of the duties of their offiee. Aiiid 
it was to this intent, that Paul gave, his dimctJ.Q&s;iof Timothy — (1st Let- 
ter, 3d c. 8th v.) where he informs hi m,«tha|^er5ons .selected for this of 
fice, should not be greedy of filthy tlucrer; t&he • reasona-ble inference of 
which, is, that men could not well be trusted ^wi^the funds of the church, 
whose hearts were intoxicated .with the Jove .^of , gain. More especially 
would it render them unfit for that office, -when tit was .remembered that 
by examples in liberality, they were expected to*excite ,and influence oth- 
ers, to deeds of emulation, and Christian generosity. 

Secondly. Are they men, full of the Holy -Ohost &nd wisdom? The 
spirit here mentioned under the appellation oTtthe Holy /?host, is that 
principle implanted in the human heart, that gives energy, and zeal to the 
christian life, and is. intended jiere to personate those noble minded chris- 
tians, whose love to the cause of Christ, enables them to soar above the 
sordid influence of present gain, and who shine like morning stars, illu- 
minating the chuich in its darkest hour of distress and pen!; being devo- 
ted and untiring in their laudable efforts to promote its onward march to 
the consummation of its hopes, and ever burning, with desire to do good 
themselves, as well as to stimulate others to imitate their example— e&teJP 
min<>- the favor of their heavenly Father, fur greater than the praise oT 
men, for they know and feel that it is better tqpleaae and obey God, than 
to please and obey man. To these Holy men,, the minds of all should 
be diiectrd in. making selections for this appointment, for such alone fill 
the measure oi directions given by the Apostle in the above text, when 
he'savs, '-Deacons must be. grave, not double-tongued, net given to much. 
wine;" &c. a 

Thirdly. Persons chosen to be deacons, should be full of wisdom.-— 
In the language of the Apostle, "Holding the mystery of faith in a pure 
conscience. Wisdom as best defined, implies a knowledge to employ the 
best means to- effect the object designed. The end proposed in the ap- 
pointment of deacons, being the collection and distribution of monies to 
supply the temporal wants of the church in its three general classifications 
as above stated, Such alone should be appointed, as have qualification 
and disposition to employ the best means to effect this purpose, and with 
;n eve single to these considerations, ought churches to act in trying 
members for this office, if they act at'all; for it is worse than idle to ap- 
point officer* in Churches, who have neither talents nor disposition to 
scrve them according to the requirements of the gospel. We have not 
limi's in this epistle, to extend our remarks to all the particulars worthy 
of notice, either in this or the other branches of our subject, and we there- 
fore close our first proposition by stating, that the Apostle gives further 



rec 




lions, that Deacons be the husband of one wife, ruling their child- 

d their own houses well, and that if in all these things they be 

blameless., then let them use their office. 

next general proposition of our subject, is to show how Deacons, 

Sained, should use their office; and it would seem, (in addition to 

o,) to be enough for us to say on that point, that they are bound 

requiiements. What those requirements are however, may 

be understood by all, and may constitute a cause of onxiout 

nd reflection in the minds of many; therefore a fit ^heja* 

d investigation on our part. 



From the beginning of Apostolic ministration, it was required of those 
who embraced the gospel, to contribute out of their worldly possessions, 
enough to sustain the operation of its blessed Laws and government, and 
those laws as far as our subject relates to them, we have classified into 
three branches. For it was ordained by our great Law giver, that the 
gospel should be preached unto the nations; the ordinances of the supper, 
&c. administered, and the poor provided for. The ministry could not 
give themselves wholly to the duties of their appointment without support 
— the elements. of the supper could not be procured, or the poor relieved 
from distress without means. This led the Apostles in *heir ministra* 
tion, to press this subject home to the hearts of their hearers, and the con- 
sequence was, that through the liberality of the brethren and people, the 
supply was abundant. 

The superintendence of these important duties being found burthen- 
some to the mini-try, were imposed on such members as aie appointed to 
the deaconiship; it therefore becomes their duties to supply the claims that 
Christianity has. upon them in these varied forms of usefulness. At their 
Tjeril, therefore, they should not do as (alas we fear) too many are doings 
J^.'er entering; into the most solemn covenant with their Almighty Ruler 
at the time of ordination, to be active in the fulfilment of the required 
duties, they sit down and fold their arms in a state of inaction, without 
pretending to do more than occasionally, to hand round the bread and 
wine at sap per. 

Their pastors may preach to them year after year — lose their time, 
exhaust and waste their constitution in their service, being (often) com- 
pelled with shame, to appear before their brethren; unprepared for want 
of time to read the scriptures and meditate upon their doctrines, in con— 
sequence of family or worldly necessities; the poor may remain unsup- 
plied, and the Lord's Supper neglected, and yet they retain their seals in 
the congregation, statute like, and Galeo like, careing for none of these 
things. Ifevei there was a people that lied to God, it surely must be 
them; for like Annanios and Sophira, the}' need not to have vowed; but 
having entered into the covenant, (not with man, but the great head of 
•tqe Church,) and promised compliance voluntarily, after which to permit 
their penurious dispositions, or fear of persecution, to make them disobey, 
is bad indeed. And persons living under the influence of such a great 
sin of disobedience, may assuredly expect to incur the displeasure of their 
God, and reap their awful rewrrd of sorrow. No, dear brethren, it is the 
duty of Deacons to examine into the wants of the church in these par-* 
tsculars, and to press home upon the minds of the brethren, the necessity 
of adhering to gospel requirement, by comribuhng in justice and of right, 
what ought to be given and applied to these important branches of th' 
service we owe to our blessed Redeemer! never permitting the Lord's ^ 
;ble to be neglected, or suffering the poor to remain unsupplied, or 
preachers to go unrewarded, for the labors and turmoils of their weariso 
and anxious h'ves, and if they do, they are as certainly account} 
to the throne of the Almighty, for the evils resulting from their ne 
gence, as that they have a being; for before this throne will appear^ 
groaning and lamentations of those who suffer the effects of their 
administration of the laws of the kingdom of Heaven. 

But perhaps some will endeavor to veil their unfaithfulness, by pj^j 



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that they- have not abUity to do al> ^^S*^ 
ol ^^^^"^"ItXZdhT^the first place, f* *-* 
ling to help them. Poor excuse » n* Bed ^ ne£ i lg ence on the part of 

represented, the failure has prab>blyaii en '« -j f M ,„ esent the 
such Deacons as have either by examp'e or pre cep confi(Jent , y be 

subject before the people in its < S h * ^^.faere are not many (if 
fcWed, that in this enlightened ...d ch. W » = • the gospe l, and 

anv) congregations, who would not be *M n £ p ointe d to super.n- 

dojLiceto^ail ^ ciaimsU Cr7odth rduy,and would execute, 
tend this branch of business understood then ay, ^^ that 

™ih anv sort of fa.thfulness. In proof of whicft, v deacons, 

£££.« of no uncommor .oc— j^ f^tianity su f r, unfil 
have been so devo.d of zeal, a , to tot tne ^ ded w th 

more noble hearted members would become u * hout being c , ot h- 

SSiience, and would take up '^"^"months, than thedea- 
S tSl n^ority whatever ^ mo e in a ^ ^ ^ . 

cons had done for years. If the be £*>* ^ contrd)ute according 

as stated, and if should be so that u emoe use their oljp 

to their ability their reasonable pomon ,£ ■ ^^ c f the cho«, 

„el!, should p,esent such « "f Xi, christian discipline, that the 
as gross violators of this sac, ed rule oto , he case as of right 

Is have rightful claims upon them in etusi y ^ ^ ^ , t 

fullness of love said: "The half of. >v g ood j g ^ four foW 

r, . ^flWrs in the church 

Pe i ; mP „ therefore, think and say what they may, office «w ^ 

, L t w he captain of H,e hosts without fear of cvl-r 

he a«lt« not theirs; for t^hey have done^bendu) ^ x 

\,om blame in the sight of heaven. And ■' *°° ° ^ were , felter ,» 
emembranco, that U' because men com lam c ir ^ ^ 

fee i'r comse of duties, the* Chr st would no ^ pr(j h; 

h \S£SSt- - andare now, often comp.at- 

^e.astviewofoursubject.to^^ 

.nredlv result from the man °» '"J^ 1 * pel . sons who come urider 



«ons; the church is therefore, in a great measure relieved from the burth- 
en imposed on those living in regions where they are more numerous.-— 
If, however, there should beany, relief to. such through christian kindness, 
would be to them a blessing of the highest magnitude; but should the dea- 
cons fail to supply their needful situation, the consequences would be great 
distress to them while the displeasure of the Almighty would be incurred, 
and exhibited toward those who withheld the support. If the LordV 
table and other incidental expenses are promptly supplied, the blessing* 
of Heaven may be expected to rest upon the congregation; for the beau- 
ty of Holiness exhibited in the administration of the Supper, cannot fail 
to impress its lasting blessings upon both receivers and spectators to Suck 
scenes of loveliness, thus showing forth the Lord's death until his return 
— while coldness and barrenness of soi»l wili be the fruits of all counter 
practices in this particular. 

If the ministry are well supported, its consequences are felt in every 
branch of society, as it presents those who are called to discharge that 
sabred trust with increasing facilities and abilities, to accomplish the ob- 
ject of their mission; for it not only gives them time to labor in the gos- 
pel field, but it enables them to prepare themselves, so that they canap- 
pSfcr before their brethren and the world in the character of workmen, 
not to be made ashamed. And the very fact that they are supported 
places them under stronger obligations to extend their labors and use- 
fulness. For being confident that" their cause is a righteous one, andseev 
ing that their brethren appreciate their labors, they niee£ them more in the 
spirit of their calling, and burn with desire to explain to a lost world, the 
charming doctrines of the plan of life and salvation. And being thus 
affected as stewards of the mysteries of faith, they hand forth the water* 
of life and bread of heaven in their richest abundance, through which 
medium the household of God are fed and ble&sed, and their hearts made* 
glad to overflowing — the sweet savor of which is not confined to them 
alone, but others seeing their sweet enjoyments, are constrained to join 
themselves, under the banner of King Emanuel; for under such circum- 
stances, the sacred $chechina, in ail its excellence may be expected;, 
and seen to emit its hallowed flame from t\m breast plate of the priest s 
aa'd to make its appearance amidst the Gherubrms of glory, that over- 
shadow the mercy seat; for the Lord God will visit that people that obey 
him and do his will. And thus are blessed together the receiver and the 
giver; for in such cases, the ministers of the gospel have both time i\nd 
' abilities to meet and combat error in all the varied forms in which it .is 
seen to walk among the children of men, and so to explain the mysteries 
of redemption, that all who hear them are enabled to grow in grace and 
the knowledge of the truth, and soon to come- to the full stature of men in 
Christ Jesus. How amiable, therefore, are the consequences resulting to 
the christian church by the faithful discharge. of the duties of the office 
deacon; for even those who use it well are blessed, for they purchase t( 
themselves a good degree and ^reat boldness in the faith. 

As an evidence of all the facts stated above, and to increase the hopes 
of such as use the office well, we remind you, that it is written in the 6j 
chap, of the Acts of the Apostles, immediately following the oidination 
the first Deacons, "That the word of God increased, and the number 



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disciples multiplied greatly." Showing plainly what may ever be ex- 
pected under a correct administration or the laws of Christ. 

While these glorious consequences result from the using of the Dea- 
cons' office well, the most gloomy and awful effects may be expected to 
follow, a counter course of unfaithfulness on the part of those appointed 
to fill that high trust in the christian Church — for in its march it operates 
like pestilential winds, carrying blight and mildew wherever it goes — cur. 
sing every body, and blessing no body. The situation of the Deacons 
ahemselves, are made worse; for although they may seemingly retain a 
small amount, which they otherwise would give, yet God is the author of. 
prosperity, and having not improved the talent committed unto them,; 
they are sure *>o have to struggle through life in darkness and gloom, feel- 
ing in their hearts, that it is known as well by the great head of the church,, 
as by all accurate observers, that they are living daily in violanon of the 
most solemn covenant, made both with God and (he church: The people 
go unblessed, because they have not an opportunity afforded them to ren* 
der unto the disciples of Christ their just reward, so that tLey may enjoy 
the pleasing recollection, thai inasmuch as they have given unto them, 
they have done it unto their adorable Saviour, and the) fail to have a rich 
supply of gospel ministration, because the necessities of ministers confin' ' 
them at home; therefore their funerals are unattended and church meet 
in^s neglected, and disappointed, consequently congregations grow thin 
and religion cold, which causes all the piants in the garden of grace to 
f'roop and wither. The lives of preachers are rendered more unhappy, 
for they are confined in chains of temporal necessities, while their desires 
burn like fire shut up in their bones, to go and warn the. world to flee from 
the wrath to come and feed the flock of God. They see Error and Cor- 
ruption stalking on every -side, without time or ability to counteract its 
prevailing influence; and with all around' them both saint and sinner, they 
become miserable. And thus is our position sustained most positively — 
(hut unfaithfulness in the discharge of the Deacons oiHce, Cursetii all 

AKD BLESSETH NONE. 

In conclusion, we beseech yon.dearly beloved brethren, to examine and 
see if much of the distress prevailing in Zion at this moment, is not pro* 
niuced by a want of attention (o this particular feature existing in our in- 
stitutions, and should you find it -to be so, that you awake from your leth- 
argy, make trial, and see if what we have here told you, will not result 
Jiccoidijjg to the evidence and conclusions to which our convictions have 
brought iis. We have written this letter under the tenderest feeling of con- 
cern for your welfare, and if we have used plainness of speech, it is for the 
Causes' sake which we have espoused — it is to advance the interest and 
happiness of you, dear Brethren— -our warmest affections and desires are 
with and for the hopeful pre giess and onward march of our young fbut 
liable) Association and churches composing its body, and most sincere, 
.and affectionately we commend you to the throne of God's rich grac*e, 
the attainment of that object through the sanciificalion of his spirit 
obedience to his will. 
r May the peace and wisdom of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, he 
you and direct your minds to do Ins holy and blessed will. 

J. M WEBB, Moderator. 
Q, Grayson, Clerk, 



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MINUTES 

OF THE 
ELEVENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 

Green River United Baptist Association, 

CONVENED WITH THE 
Green River Church, Rutherford County, N. C, 

A. D., 1851, FRIDAY, AIIGUST 1ST, AND DAYS FOLLOWING. 



The introductory sermon was delivered, according to appoint- 
ment, by Elder J. C. Grayson, from John2lstch. and last clause 
16th verse:. Feed my sheep. 

After a short recess, the Association was called to order by 
Elder J. C. Grayson, the Moderator. Elder J. M. Webb led in 
Prayer, and the body then proceeded to business in the follow- 
ing order : 

1st. Read letters from 26 churches, and minuted their stand- 
ing. And also, received Rutherfordton Church, (newly consti- 
tuted,) and enrolled their delegates names. 

2d. Then elected by ballot, Elders J. M. Webb, Moderator, 
and B. Bruce, Clerk. 

3d. Appointed Elders J. C. Grayson, A. Padgett, and brother 
W. Fortune, with the Moderator and Clerk, a committee of ar- 
rangement, to whom all papers are referred. 

4th. Then upon motion, the Moderator is directed to appoint 
a financial committee, and report his appointment at an early 
hour on tomorrow. The association then adjourned till 10 
o'clock, A. M., tomorrow. Elder B. Bruce led in prayer. 



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SATURDAY, August 2d, 1851. 

The Association met according to adjournment. Prayer by 
Elder J. C. Grayson. Read the minutes of the previous day. 
Called the roll, and marked absentees; and then received the 
report of the committee of arrangements, and discharged them. 

1st. Read the rules of order. 

•2d. The Moderator announced the appointment of the finan- 
cial committee, viz : Brethren C. J. Webb and J. Bostic. 

3d. Called for correspondence, and received a letter and min- 
utes from Broad River, but no messenger. Abo, a letter and 
minutes from Catawba Sliver, by her messenger, folder Thomas 
Carlton. Likewise, a letter, but no minutes, from the Salem, by 
her messenger, Elder M. Rickman, From the Tiger, we 
have no communication. 

4th. Then, upon motion, the Moderator appointed a committee 
to arrange Union meetings, viz : Brethren R.'*l\ Price, D. Fea~ 
gans, and A. 0. Lynch. 

5th. Called for * and read the Circular Letter prepared *by 
Elder J. M. Webb, which was unanimously received; and or- 
dered to be printed with ihe proceedings of the meeting. 

6th. The Association, according to the appointment of the 
Union meeting, agreed to hold their next session with the Mount 
Vernon Church, Rutherford county, four miles N. E. from Ruth- 
erfordton; to commence at 11 o'clock, A. M<, Friday before the 
last Sabbath in September, 1852. 

7th. The Moderator appointed Elder X f C. Grayson, to write 
to the Broad River Association; Elders J. M. Webb, B. Bruce, 

A. Padgett, and J. Wilkey, and Brethren T. Christmas and M. 
D. Padgett, messengers. Elder A. Padgett to write to Salem; 
Brethren M. D. Corn, M. R. Moore, and Elder B. Bruce, messen- 
gers. Brother M. R. Moore to write to the Tiger River; Elder 

B. Bruce and Brother J. M. Hambleton, messengers. Elder B. 
Bruce to write to the Catawba River; Elders J. Wilkey, J. C. 
Grayson, B. Bruce and J. M. Webb, and Brother. O. C. Green, 
messengers. 

In consideration of the fact, that this bod:yHvillnol likely have 
another meeting before the meetings of the Tiger River and 
■Salem Associations, 1852, therefore, it is agreed, that the mes- 
sengers appointed to attend those associations the present year, 
be continued to their next year s meeting, and it is hereby made 
the duty of our Moderator to appoint Brethren to fell 'vacancies 
ii any occur, to either of the above associations. 



8th. The financial committee report $23 47 \ received from 
! the Churches, and were discharged. 

9th. The committee to arrange Union meetings, reported as 
Follows, and were discharged. 

The Union meeting for the 1st district, to be held with tho 
Big Spring Church, commencing Saturday before the third L. 
i). in Marcri, 1852; Elders J. C. Grayson, H. Colbreath, and J. 
Wilkey to attend it For the 2d district, to be held with the 
Shiloah Church, to commence Saturday before the third L. B. 
in April, 185% El'ders A. Padgett, J. M. Webb, and brother T. 
Christmas to attend it. For the 3d district, to be held with the 
Church at koundHiU, to commence on Saturday before the 
first L. to. in June, 185S; Elders X M. Webb, J. C. Grayson, and 
B~ Bruce' to attend it. 

•10th. Elected Elder fe. feruce, to prepare a circular letter for 
our next Session, the subject'tb be "The duty of Churches to 
their ministers, and ministers to their -churches." 

11th. Elected elder J. 4[. Webb -to preach an introductory ser- 
mon to our next meetitig. Elder L. McCurry his alternate. 

l'2th. Upon motion, Elected Elder J. M. Webb to preach upon 
the subject of missions to-morrow, after which, a collection for 
that object will be taken. And elected filder B. Bruce to preach 
a sermon betore the missionary sermon, and Elder M. Rickman 
a sermon after it. 

13th. Took up the consideration of resolutions. The follow- 
ing was offered by Brother R. T. Price, and adopted : 

In consideration of the great lack upon the part of Church 
members to ma:ke up a sufficient amount to pay their Pastors for 
their yearly'la bo r, and to encourage them to remedy this evil, 
if possible, Therefore, Resolved, That we request and advise 
the churches in our union, to send' rip on the back of their church 
letters, annually, the amount paid their pastors. 

The following was offered 'by Elder J. C. Grayson, and unan- 
imously adopted : 

Whereas, religious intelligence, through the medium of gen- 
eral reading, facilitated greatlyby the supply of books conveni- 
ently afforded, is in a rapid state of progress in sister Associa- 
tions, as well as other denominations; Therefore, Resolved, that 
it is the duty of this body tolnake arrangements, to supply the 
reading community within its bounds, with such books as are 
calculated to promote true piety, dispel error, and build up the 
faith in the minds of the people. 




The Clerk offered the following, which was unanimously 
adopted: Resolved, That the thanks of this body are due, and 
are hereby tendered to the brethren and friends of this vicinity, 
for the very kind and hospitable manner in which they have en- 
tertained its members. 

Then adjourned till 9 o'clock, Monday rnornmg. Elder A. 
Padgett prayed. 

LORD'S DAY, August 3d, 1851. 

The stand was occupied in the morning by Elder B. Bruce, 
who delivered a sermon from PhiL, 4 ch. 7 vr., to a very large 
assembly. Owing to the falling rain, the people repaired to the 
house at the close of the first sermon, when Elder M. Rickman 
delivered another sermon from Job, 31 ch. 14 vr., to a very 
crowded assembly; yet we are led to hope from the anxious and 
solemn attention during each sermon, and an exhortation deliv- 
ered by Elder J. M. Webb, that good was done by the day's la- 
bor. Elder J. M. Webb deferred the missionary sermon, as but 
few gentlemen could get into the house. 

MONDAY, August 4th, 1851. 

Met pursuant to adjournment. Prayer by Elder M. Rickman. 
Head the minutes of the previous day; called the roll and mark- 
ed those absent. 

Then, upon motion, the Association suspended business, and 
went to the stand to hear Elder J. M. Webb preach the mission- 
ary sermon. At the close of which a collection was taken 
amounting to eleven dollars and seventy-five cents. The Asso- 
ciation returned to the house and resumed business. 

1st. The fifteen dollars and five cents collected at the last meet- 
ing of this body, was paid into the hands of Elder J. M. Webb, 
Agent, and Brethren J. C. Grayson, L. McCurry and B. Bruce, 
who were appointed delegates at last meeting, are continued. — 
Also, the money made to-day was paid over to J. M. Webb, Ag't., 
upon which, Elder J. M. Webb and Brother W. Fortune are 
elected delegates to the Convention. 

2d. Called for, read and adopted corresponding letters. 

3d. Upon motion, the Clerk is to superintend the printing and 
distribution of minutes as usual. He is directed to retain Eight 
dollars for his fee, and get as many copies printed as he can for 
the remainder. 

4th. Distributed corresponding minutes. Then adjourned to 
time and place above named. Elder T. Carlton prayed. 

J. M. WEBB, Moderator. 

BAILEY BRUCE, Clerk. 



Ministers Names and Address. 

Ordained Ministers., Post Office. 

J, C. GRAYSON, Golden Yailey. 

J. M. WEBB, Rutherfordton. 

LEWIS McCURRAY, Duncan's Creek, 

ALANSON PADGETT, Sandy Plains. 

AVM. HARRELL, Webb's Ford. 

DOVE PANNEL, do. 

H. COLBREATH, Rutherferdton. 

J. WILLKEY, do. 

BAILEY BRUCE, Cedar Creek. 
Licentiate.— T. CHRISTMASS— Rutherfordton. 



CIRCULAR LETTER. 

The Green River Association, to the Churches in 
Union— Greeting. 

Beloved Brethren: — From almost the beginning of its ex- 
istence, the plantation of the church of Christ has been infested 
and embarrassed with the springing up of the wild growth of 
confusion and division, from seed sown therein by the wicked 
one, or enemy of the Saints. Coeval with which misfortune, 
it has been the custom of good men. and assembled bodies of 
christians, to write and circulate among the brethren, letters of 
explanation upon subjects on which they no doubt, oftentimes, 
very honestly differ in opinion. Under the influence of a prac- 
tice so well adapted to the wants of the great body of the Chris- 
tian world, who are often destitute of means to enable them to 
arrive at safe conclusions upon pending questions of difficulty; 
truth has been permitted to resume its lost but rightful empire 
over the hearts of men: the sickly confidence of brethren thus 
deranged has been restored to healthy action; and friendly rela- 
tions, communion and brotherly affection resumed, and contin- 
ued to the great joy of the churches generally. 

Blessed, indeed, might we have been, if these fruitful sources 
ol evil had confined themselves to those dark agesof time, when 
ignorance, too often the parent of confusion, violence and perse- 
cution, was making its successful ravages upon the face of the 
moral and religious world. It is a fact, however, which cannot 
be denied, that our own enlightened and favored day of mercy 



has been too productive of the same evils that disturbed the 
peace and happiness of the fathers; and, in imitation of their 
wisdom, and invoking the God of Heaven to clothe us with the 
same spirit that guided their councils in christian rectitude, we 
proceed to communicate to you through this medium, the result 
of our united deliberations upon this feature of our religious reg- 
ulations. To enter fully into the cause of divisions generally, is 
not the design of the present letter. The simple desire ofjchange 
of habits, rules and laws, however wise in t.heir construction, 
has frequently impaired the best established regulations of social 
and political economy; and perhaps this restless and inventive 
spirit uniting itself, as we have great reason to fear, with that 
misguiding, delusive desire to be greatest, that evenin the days of 
the Savior prevailed among his disciples, has had its full share 
in assailing, mutilating, and discontinuing in practice, some of 
the long Heaven-blessed rules of baptist discipline. 

The pretence of dissatisfaction upon the subject of Calvinism, 
was clearly refuted, and proven to be false in our letter of 1849. 
Attempts have also been made, to create discord and excitement 
upon the time honored custom of churches using a written col- 
lection of Scriptural truths, under the appellation of creeds,, or 
articles of faith; and the sophistry of the argument appears in 
the representations made by the advocates of changer that 
churches using articles of faith, "are constituted on human creeds. 
against Scripture; while those disusing them, are constituted 
upon the Scriptures; having no human opinions to mislead them 
in their councils; while nothing is more foreign from the truth, 
than this ungenerous allegation. For, in fact, there is no prac- 
tical difference in governmental usage existing between the two 
cases; a church being just as much under the influence of hu- 
man opinions in the one case, as in the other; while in other 
respects, their use in churches has a decided advantage, as facts 
united with long experience will clearly establish. To show 
how little reason there is for the existence of any disturbance of 
our peaceful councils, it will be enough to remind you, that an 
opinion entertained so as to make it a rule of action in judgment, 
is the same as an opinion expressed, and is not in the slightest 
degree changed by being written on paper, for in either case, 
it becomes a constitutional standard ot government, being as 
strictly enforced in the one case as in the other, and just as much 
affects the subjects of action respectively. To prove this posi- 
tion, let us suppose a church, proceeding to act in its organised 



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Capacity,- .under its pretended freedom from human creeds; being, 
as itstyles itself,, constituted upon the scriptures, and while sit- 
ting in council, there arises one in the assembly and claims 
membership with the body, in the usual .form, when the leading 
question is propounded by the presiding officer, it being the test 
question: Do you believe in our constitution? (meaning the 
Scriptures.) The applicant replies, yes, verily I believe them, 
©very word of them. Upon which confession, he is received, 
and baptism ordered. At the time appointed, he appears with 
3hs minor children, and claims baptism as he calls it, by the 
mode of sprinkling, first for himself, and secondly for his infant 
children. In such case, who is to be the judge? He says he 
believes this to be the mode prescribed by, the constitution upon, 
which the church : was organized^ (meaning the scriptures,) and 
as such, claims his rights under, its provisions. Will the church 
sprinkle him and children together? Perhaps you answer no: 
as this is not the opinion, (or creed) of the Scriptures.. Pray 
then telLus, is that opinion not human? And if not, would it 
bo : less divine for being written on paper; and does it not just 
as effectually exclude the applicant from the enjoyment of his 
free-right of thinking and acting for himself, as if it was so writ- 
ten. Ill fact, is it not more especially the subject of tyranny 
and abnse,,as it professes one thing and practices another; and 
is thereby calculated to deceive and mislead those under its in- 
fluence, into mortificalion-and difficulties. As an evidence of 
this contradictory delusion, reference need only to be made to 
the proceedings of a neighboring body, claiming to be a sister 
association,. who in the very act of forming and making a creed 
for her.ournaise, publishes to the- world that' she has freed her- 
self fro mN the evils- of their practice, and yet she, in the same in- 
strument declares that she repudiates Calvinism. What, then, 
is the repudiation iof Calvinism irita writ/ten form, but a creed, 
or an article o.i faith: and if that error needs to be noticed as-a. 
human creed,* are there no ether errors existing, among us of 
equal dignity, that ought to be repudiated in the same way?— 
And is it not inconsistent to pretend that it is erroneous and 
criminal in us to say in writing, that we repudiate the sprink- 
ling- of" iufants, the doctrine of the Roman Catholics, or 
nniversalists, or the denial of the resurrection of the dead, or 
general 1 judgment, because this would be a human creed. But 
human or no human, it is right for them to have a written creed 3 
repudiating the doctrines of Calvin., 

Continued on IQth page, 



STATE OF 



Churches* 



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17. 

18. 

19. 

20. 

21. 
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Head 1st Broad. 
Ebeneezer. 
Concord. 
Big Spring. 
High Shoal 
Wall's. 
Pisgah. 

Mount Ver&oJi. 
Cane Creek. 
Mount Sion. 
Shiloah. 
Green Creek. 
Green River. 
Silver Creek. 
Coopers Gap, 
Arrowood. 
Rock Spring. 
Pacolet. 
Bethel. 
Round Hill. 
Mountain Creek. 
Bills' Creek. 
Harmony Grove. 
: . Montfords Cove. 
. Sulphur Springs. 
. Cool Spring, 
Rutherfordton. 



Post ©Hice* 



Golden Valley. 
Logan's Store. 
Webb's Ford. 
Dunkin's Creek, 
High Shoal. 
Webb's Ford. 
Golden Valley, 
Rutherfordton, 
Pattern's Home-. 
Dunkin's Creek. 
Rutherfordton, 
Sandy Plains, 
Mills' Gap. 

do, do, 

do. do. 
Arrowood. 

Cedar Creek. 

Horse Creek, 

Sugar Hill, 

Minersville. 

Rutherfordton, 

Cedar Creek. 

Golden Valley. 

Cedar Creek, 

W T ebb's Ford, 
do. do. 

Rutherfordton. 



By Whom 
Supplied. 



L. McOurry, 
B. E. Rollins. 
j, M. Webb. 
B, E. Rollins. 
J, W. Rollins. 
D. Pannel. 
A. Helterbrand. 
J. Suttle. • 
J. C. Grayson. 
L. McCurry. 
W> Harril. 
H. Colbreath. 
A Padgett. 
N. J, Corn. 
J. Wilkey. 

A. Padgett, 
J.M.Webb, 
N. P. Corn. 

B. Bruce. 

J. G, Grayson. 
J. M. Webb. 
B. Bruce. 

Carlton & Grayson. 
Bailey Bruce. 
A. Padgett. 
W. Harrell. 
J. M. Webb. 



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Delegates' Names. 

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in Italics. An * denotes absence. 



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22 


72 


Jr, J. B. Garner, W. Buff; and J. Powel. 


16 


5 


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63 


70 


tesides, A, Smitb,, D. Allen, and W. Willson, 


38 


3 


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101 


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25 


1 05 


ry,* R. T. Price, and A, J. Dierring, 








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25 


87 


rains, W. Colbreath, and J. Wilkey. 




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2 


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55 


40 


ii D. Fagons. 




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39 


52 


fubleton, W. Foster, and B. J. Cowan, 




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redge and J. Jackson. 








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70 


and W. J. Blanton. 




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1 52 




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33 


1 06 


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,eh, W. 11. Logan, T. Harriss, J. Crawford & B. Ledbetter. 


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12 


4 


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134 


1 15 


hsBON and B. P. Simmons. 


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We ask you dear brethren if we have not reason to fear, .that 1 
iMich enormous inconsistencies, if persisted in, will not have a 
tendency, in a very high. degreey to impair the dignity of the* 
baptist name? And <if so, we earnestly hope that they may nev- 
er be permitted fiutherto disturb youi peaceful and intelligent 
councils. . W.e are not, unapprised, , however, . that many upon 
this point only, object ta having creeds in ourchurches; fearing 
tiiat evils and discord may grow,out of that common difference 
of opinion that exists upon the subject" of the extent of works 
and grace upon the souls of menan?their salvation.: Upon this 
point, it is enough for us to reply, that articles of faith when 
confined 'to their true limits, is such an embodiment of the radi- 
cal and solid maxims of scripture as confines^ only beyond their 
limits, those corruptions and errors, which .essentially, effect and 
destroy the vital elements of the truths of the Gospel. . Whether 
then, an article upon works a nd 'grace is of absolute necessity to 
theirrisjhtfulbeing depends upon the extreme viewsthatarelikely 
to be entertained upon this subject, tending vitally to the corrup- 
tion of the truth; and in this, the course pursued by our late re- 
formers, is shown to be more tyrannical than ours,- for in their 
creed, they so effectually repudiate Calvinism, as to excludefrom 
membership such as hold to the doctrines of Calvin;, while it is 
known that, differences of opinion upon the subject in question 
have always been tolerated amjong us, and that if not carried to 
$uch extremes as to be swallowed up in the error of antinomian- 
ism, or superallepsareanisniyon the one side, or the denial of the 
agency of the Holy Spirit human's redemption on the other,: have 
Sbldom been made a test ofj communion in Baptist regulations; 
because such differences have not been regarded as embracing 
«ucfe corruptions of the truths as to exclude members from our 
holy communion who entertain them, any pretence to the., con- 
trary notwithstanding.* It may, however, have possibly hap- 
pened, that «in, some instances,, the use of creeds,, on this and oth- 
er points, may have been abused, and so have the best and wi- 
sest formed governments in the world often suffered greai%by their 
improper administration. Even the scriptures themselves, upon 
which our assailants profess to be constituted, have often been 
mcrde the instruments of -bloody persecution and barbarism, and 
yet this fact diminishes nothing from their true worth and di- 
vine excellence; for their proper -ministration is. valuable and 
glorious still: so likewise, a declaration made in writing for the 
use, of the common brotherhood, setting forth the common opni\ 



11 

ions entertained by those in common communion upon 'those fua* 
damental truths of scripture, which for ages have*been made the 
subjects of controversy, cannot fail to prove a? blessing to the 
churches — while if confined to their legitimate limits of being r 
no evils car^-possirbly result from their usage more than from: ..the 
scripture^ or the truths which they embody; as the scriptures , 
have as often been, made the subjects,. at controversy, and have • 
been as, tyrannically employed in their ministration * as creed* 
have ever been, If, then f as we have plainly shown,. the use ofarti* 
cies of faith do not/ as ischarged, in the slightest degree infringe 
christian liberty, or supercede the scriptures, but- only vdefkies- 
them, nor excludes such from, membership, as . ought ;hot to be 
excluded in any sense other;than is done without their use, the 
objections raised against them ought to cease, especially as such 
a. collection- of. truths as they embody upon the chief points of 
the christian religion, which.lie scattered up ,and down in the 
vol time of revelation, cannot fail to be of. great use to inform the 
minds of a great number of the people, whose opportunity, m 
life is such .as to deny them the means of a labored and correct 
investigation of the subject,- as well* as that it makes known to 
the world what are the sentiments and opinions of , a particular 
church or churches in , Union; while it tends also,, to discover 
and unite the common friends of the same faith 4o one another, 
and prevents that deception and confusion ^that, might, possibly 
arise by a u umber p-f members coming together into church com- 
munion, without knowing each others.. views of scripture, which* 
when known might differ as widely as light and daakness, sonie 
being of one faith -.and some of another, upon baptism,, and ma- 
ny other doctrines ,o£ the, christian religion. The circumstances 
of the antiquity of their usage in the christian church, also weighs 
muchin their favor. Ru^niusand Claudius according to Buck* 
contend, that the Apostles' Creed, was the workoi the Apostles 
themselves, and although this ..statement, ig-.denied, and .perhaps 
on good authority, yet its early existence may be inferred fr-oni 
the circumstance that the whole form ,as it .now stands in the 
English Lituvgy, is to be found in ,the workf of St, Ambrose and 
Ruffinius; the former of whom flourished iu \he third, the latter, 
in the fourthxennuy. In fact, mention .is. maox of.t^e use of 
creeds in the. rjpmitive church in the writings of Turtulian and 
Orregen, who lived in the second and third centuries,, which 
proves clearly, that prior to their time of writing, being but a 
short remove from the days of the Apostles themselves, articles 



12 

of faith were used and approved, as necessary to the peace and 
happiness of the churches generally. It is also contended; 
and believed by many, that allusions are made to their existence 
in the writings of Paul himself, when he says, "But you have 
obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was given 
you." Romans, 6 — 13. "Hold fast the form of sound words 
which thou hast heard of me." 2d Timothy, 1 — 17. "Contend 
earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints," all having ref- 
erence to the doctrines of the gospel, formed into articles of faith, 
as is contended. This view, however, we think admits of some 
doubt, notwithstanding the plausible circumstances in its favor; 
we give it, however, for your reflection. 

It is believed also, that the loose practice of organizing chur- 
ches, and of consecrating and continuing men in the ministeri- 
al office that in some instances have prevailed, is rapidly effa- 
cing and destroying the distinguishing features and old land 
marks of our boasted and denominational security, and merging 
us into the common error of nominal Christianity. What other 
tendency can a practice have, when members become the sole 
judges of their own fitness to assume and exercise the high and 
dignified duties of church privileges, and not only to assume to 
themselves the prerogative of such reputable elevation in society, 
but become also the subjects of recognition into associational 
union. Can any doubt be entertained, that if a precedent like 
this should be permitted to ripen itself into common usage, that 
the main current of our denominational purity will soon be min- 
gled up and lost In the bogs and brackish waters of natural reli- 
gion, and that we, acting like a cooling stream while flowing in 
its wonted channel of orderly discipline, ripples down its right- 
ful gradation of being, irrigating and blessing all the borders oi 
its existence, until actuated by unnatural influences, it widens 
and spreads itself beyond its legitimate objects of creation, and 
looses its identity in the unproductive deserts of rocks and sands ? 
unblessed itself, and blessing nothing that swallows up the dig- 
nityand beauty of its character and existence. This view, if only 
casually taken into consideration may. at first surprise you ; but 
when you remember that if one set of individuals have a right to 
constitute themselves into achurch with out a presbytery or letters 
of dismission showing their claims to the possession of church 
privileges, so have another set the same right of action in the 
premises; and that we have no common umpire generally to de- 
cide, a church action being sovereign. Then you can plainly 



13 

see that men for the worst of purposes under the same rules, may 
establish themselves into Baptist churches, ordain ministers into 
office when and where they please and accredit them, and letter 
their members to any part of the known world, if they choose to 
do so. This certainly, was not the primitive practice, nor ought 
2t to be held in countenance by any at the present time. A very 
prominent source of evil growing out of such an irregular manner 
of business, is the doubtful validity of ministerial action under 
this lax mode of procedure in christian polity and economy ; 
not to mention the sorrowful difficulties that would naturally 
flow from the administration of the ordinances of the gospel by 
an improper administrator. Another question of doubt might pos- 
sibly arise, more immediately effecting the rights both of persons 
and things, and that is, whether the administration of the mar- 
riage rite by a minister thus holding office would be considered 
legitimate and valid. Our act of Assembly says, "that all reg- 
ular ministers of the gospel, of every denomination having the 
cure of souls, are authorized and empowered to solemnize the 
rites of matrimony, &c," thus holding that a man must not only 
he a minister, but that he must be regularly such. The ques- 
tion then which arises here is, whether a minister who has 
been excluded from the communion ot the body which appoin- 
ted him to office, is yet a regular minister notwithstanding he 
may unite himself to anotherchurch of the baptist name, whose 
member pleases to say of themselves, we are a Baptist church. 
Our lexicons explain the term regular to mean "orderly, agreea- 
ble to rule." Is it then the orderly rule of the Baptist denomina- 
tion, to permit ministers to remain in office in the manner allu- 
ded to? Your answer must be no, as the Baptist denomination 
allows no person to remain even in her communion, only such 
as have been regularly received into fellowship upon a satisfac- 
tory confession of faith, and either continues a member of that 
church oris regularly lettered to another church, and then only 
to another church of the same faith and order with the church 
granting the letter. Another question here naturally follows: 
Can a church of the Baptist name, regularly consecrate to the 
dignity of the ministerial office, who herself is not a church in 
the regular way? Your answer here must also be in doubt, for 
if a church has no regular record of existence, showing the man- 
ner in which her members attained to membership, either by 
letter or experience, the common elements and first principles 
of existence are wanting, and if she has no presbyter of minis- 



14 

terial dignityto organize he* into being, thenit stands in viola* 
tion of Baptist custom, and it follows beyond ddiibt, l f hat if sh« 
is a church at all, and aminister officiating in her commiinion 
mnd under her authority, is a minister at all, it niust;be in an ir- 
regular Avay, the church being an irregular church, and the 
minister an irregular minister, as none can 'pretend that this is 
the regular way of proceeding in Baptist communion. These 
things we write ydu, dearly beloved /while possessing not the 
slightest feelings of unkindhess towards any person or persons 
living on earth, tout purely with the design to prevent theeo- 
curreneeof evilsanddinicultiesjto which even the 'best of men 
sometimes subject themselves, by inattention and irregularity 
in performing those responsible duties thatUnder the Taws of 
God pertain to the^ christian life. We* being 1 created yotir' Consti- 
tutional advisers, ltbecomes our duty to warn you ofpending 
evils thatmay be brought upon you/however'honest your inten- 
tions may be in the [premises; and as such, we earnestly-request 
you to submit yourselves m order to those wise regulations of 
christian discipline/that have forages sustained the superior 
excellence of our conformity in faith and practice to^he require- 
ments of the sacred scriptures, especially, as the history of the 
church shows, that in e very age of the world when this course 
has been abandoned, and a loose reign given to the fancinil 
opinions of unwise reformers, the church hasbeen overwhelmed 
with a* train- 6i following errors, that much impaired the beauty 
of her' ordinances and were greatly iprejudicialto the -consum- 
mation of her brightest hopes, L e., to show fbtih the praises and 
giory of God, in the salvation 1 of spoor lost sinners. For a loose 
adherence to disciplinary truths in our own .practice, favors the 
pursuance of the same- carelessness and inattention to maintain 
order on the part of others, which naturally tends to a common 
allowance of errors in all, and which is almost sure to'terminate 
in open communion with all, by which we surrender our strictness 
of opinion upon the subject Of baptism, and with it everything 
beside that is worth retaining-as- distinguishing features of de- 
nominational excellence and superiority. We hope also, that 
you will not be 'discouraged because that error for the time 
being, seems ttrobtain a shadow of countenance in sections of 
country where it might appear that the wisdom of the people 
would forbid its' existence, for this is nothing more than has 
been the case in 'many ages of the past history of the christiaa 
church, and which we trust may soon be overcome by earnesx 



15 

•^supplication, christian forbearance^arefulinvestigation, and de- 
voted application by all, of all the means with which we have 
been entrusted to the cause of our blessed and adorable Redeem- 
er; and may the Lord overall, give aUhearts thus to act, with ara 
eye single to thcgiory of God and 'the advancement of his di- 
vine kingdom* 

J. M. WEBB, Moderator, 
Bailey Bruce, Clerk. 

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' ASSOCIATION,' 



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UTHERFOUD COF>TI% SOIITU -CAROLINA, A...D..1853. 



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M I H IT E S 

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TWELFTH An T WIV£K§AKir 

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Sreeii River ...Waited Baptist AssDciatio^ 

WITH THE 

MlIT ITER FORD COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA, A. D. 1852, 
SEPTEMBER 24TH, AND DAYS FOLLOWING. 



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1852. 



MINUSES, & ■ i **. 

^.FRibA^ 24th. . 

The Introductory Sermon ^vas delivered by Elder J. M. 
Weblijfrom Nelu, 4 chaptered 3rd v. < , ^ ^ - 

After a short recess, the Asspciation wa ( G called to order, by 
Elder J. M. Webb,. Elder J^McCttjry. prayed. ^ s 

1. Read letters from 27 Chiirdhes, and Minuted their stand- 



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*2. Received. i; a newly ^constituted Churchy called Pleasant 
ttijl, into our pnion, and* enrolled tfreir delegates names. Also 
leceived Bethlehem Chur-lh by letter, and enrolled their delegates 
names* y .; |V y , ^, . , • 

3. Elected Elder 3. M. Wpbb, Moderator, and pider B. Brnc^,Cl'k, 

4. Received the correspondeiice from .lister Associations : 
From the Salem, elder "'T. Stradley'and brethren N. Mil's and 
R. Pinter, with lette^and Minutes^ Fron^he King's,Mppntain, 
elder p. E. Rollins m d brother Wv H. Green, with a package of 
Minutes. _. & ,r 

5. 'Then upoiil motion. Elders J. C. Grayson, L, McCnrry, 
and. brother W.^ortune, with the Moderator and Clerk, were 
appointed a committee to arrange Business, to whom all papers 
are '.referred » *. 

$.> The Moderator announced/the foHo;wing comrnittees.—On 
Finance, brethren T. Davis. R. O. Ledbetter and J. W. Morgan; 
On Union Meetings-r— brethren T. Edgington, J. Beige and 
J. Morris. :> • . 

The Association tl^en adjourned till 9 o'clock to-morrow 
morning — Elder J. C. Grayson prayed, 

*'""■; SATURDAY J5ih. 

The Association "met according to adjournment. Prayer by 
Elder R. H. Moody. 

1. The committee of arrangement reported, and was dis- 
charged. . , s 

2. Read the Rules of Order ; and called the roll— maiked 
absentees, &c. \» i ••■''■ *• 

3. Received a letter and package of Minutes from the Cataw- 
ba River Association, by her Messengers," jtilder R. H. Moody 
and brother P. Wahick, 






IVo letter, Minutes or Messenger being present from the Broad? 
River — Elder W. Hill, a minister of that Association, was in- 
vited and took a seat with us.. 

4. Appointed the following correspondence to Sister '-Associa- 
tions. Elder L. McCurry to write to the Broad River, himself 
mid brother J. W.Price Messengers. Elder J. C. Grayson to 
write to the Salem. Elders A; Padgett, B^ Bruce, Win, Ham.!,, 
J. Wi I key, and brother R. C>.» Led betteiy ..Messengers. Brother 
ft. J. Webb' to write to the Tiger- River; ; himself, .^brother J. M. 
Hambleton and Elder J. M. Webb Messengers. Birder J. Wil- 
3vey to write to the Catawba Rrver. Elder-s J.- O. Grayson, L. 
MeCurry, and T. Christmas, Messengers — brother J. W. Mor- 
gan to write to the King's Mountain, Eklers, W'rm Harril, L, 
McCurry, and brethren ,D.- S. McCurry, M. D. Padgett, J. C. 
Lattemore and J. Diving Messengers. 

5. Elected .Elder J. C. Grayson to prepare a Circular letter 
for the next year — the subject to be Math. 12th chapter, 43, 44' 
and 45 verses. 

6. Elected Elder L. McCurry to .preach the introductory ser-- 
inon, Elder B. Bruce his a kern ate. 

7"; The Circular letter prepared w Elder B. Bruce, was read; 
and adopted and ordered to be printed. 

S.. The Financial Committee reported §23 31 1-1 received 
from the Churches, and were uncharged. 

9. Took up the subject of -raising a -book fund in pursuance. 
of a resolution offered and passed hist year; and appointed a 
committee consisting of Eklers J. 1 M; Webb,, L. McCurry, J. C. 
Grayson, B. Bruce, R. 14. Moody, T. Stradley, Win. Hill, and 
brother T. Davis to prepare a plan, and report on Monday. 

10. Elected Elder J.' M, Webb to preach on the subject of 
Missions to-morrow, and at the close of bis sermon, that a col- 
lection be taken up for Missionary purposes. Also elected Elder 
T. Stradley to preach in the forenoon, and Elder W. Hill in the 
afternoon. 

ll: The committee to arrange Union meetings reported as 
follows, and were discharged. 

The Union meeting for the 1st District is to be held With the 
Ebenezer Church, commencing on Saturday, before the 1st 
Lord's Day in March next. Elders A; Padgett, Wv Haml, J. 
M. Webb, and B. Bruce to attend it. 

For the 2nd District to be held with the Sliver Creek' Church, 
to commence on Saturday before the 3rd Lord's Day in April 



5 

'' iicx 4 . Elders J. Wiikey, B. Bruce. 'and A. Padgett" to attend it. 

Ff>f the 3rd to be held* with the 'Bethel Church, to commence 
on SaTurd ay before the" second LoiM's Day in May'uext. Elders 
B. E. RoHins," L. McCCifry, J. C. v Grayson, and J. •%. Webb to 
attend it. 

12. Considered the request nwi Punches— 1st, a request 
from Pisgaii as follows: We request the Association to publish 
J<a nirs Powel. who w a s a n o rd a%; e,d 5 1 i n i s t e r o f ' o u r " G h u re h , 
lint has been excluded for Immorah'y — and his Credentials de- 
manded (which he ref\ises'to give/up-.y'but has gone off with a 
*>tnall party, preaching and acting in disorder, sowing the seeds 
m discord, doing much injury to ourcairse. 

The request was gran ted, and' i he p\* b"l jc is hereby notified, 
that the said* James Powel is no logger authorized by us to preach 
or administer she ordinances of the Gospel. 

The 2d was a request of Cool Spring, for the Association to 
examine and- ordain brother Theophilas Chiistmas, if they 
think him Orthodox. The request was granted, and the Asso- 
ciation resoived herself fin to a presbytery by appointing ''Elder 
T: Stradley, chaiinian; bmiher T. Christmas was then present- 
ed to the presbytery by the delegates' from Coo' Sprmg Church, 
atid was questioned at length by thecbairmsii and presbytery, 
upon his call to the work of the Ministry, his views on doe- 
trine and discipline, and all the q(.e<sfibns being satisfactorily 
answered, it was agreed upon motion, that the ordination pray- 
' er shonlft be made by the ehairrnan to-morrow morning — and 
*lhe Bible presented and charge' delivered by Elder J. C. Gray- 
soflt 'The presbytery then adjourned to the stand to-morrow 



T 



" morning "8 o'clock. 

TheP#!oderator resfi.mi"ng his seat, the Association adjourned 
Mfill 9 o'clock Monday morning. Elder B.^Bruce prayed. 



LORD'S DAY. 

The Presbytery met at the Canopy. Elder T. Sfradley saifg 
■ : a Hymn, and led in Che' ordination prayer. The presbytery ok 
Ministers laid handson brother Christmas. Elder J. C. Gray- 
son then presented the Bible with a very solemn and appropriate 
-charge. The presbytery dismissed, ati-d 1 the preaching exercises 
commenced. 

Kfder^T: ^trad ley delivered a serWfai from Rev. 22ud cha v p. 
■1,^2 verses, fclderj. M.'Webb followed in the missionary ser- 
uma from Rev. 19 chapter 2nd verse; at the close of which a 






eqljGeiiorf was take?*, amounting to^fiD 00. Tlie serviced wefg 
concluded by! E I der.W. Hilbfrorn Jjejfemiali 6 qhapter 14 verse* 
We are lecf to hop's, frorc&Ihe solemn,, a ppaarajice of the large 
and well behaved &ssemb)y, and the faithful pathetic preach- 
ing bF this day, good will be realized.in eterniVv. 

%ONDi||, SEPT. 27ih. 
Met pursuant to adjournment: prayer bv the 7 ' Moderator. Then 
called the roll. " y ^ m ' 

1. TooJ^up the unfinished business of Satiir$a)£, and consid- 
ered (he request of liigh Shoal Church, whicl^'^as a letter of 
of dismission to jointing's Mountain, which vfys gran tea 1 , and 
also considered' the Request of Round Oil I Church for the ne&t 
Association, which/,; upon motion was. grantecjby agreeing to 
hold dur next'sessiou with |?em, 9 mi|es norlhvof Rutherfordtotr, 
in 'Rutherford'* county, to commence], at 11 o'clock, 'A', p., on 
Friday before, the fwf Lord's ,0y,p Octobe^lSoS/: * 

2. Brother M. L. Marrow, from fie Tiger River Association, 
being present, ha vingmeither letter nor mmittes, but if $ppear- 
i us to the satisfaction, <>f this bocfy that he was duly appointed 
a Messenger, he was received as? such, and look his sea fl- 

3. Called for Resolutions: Isi The committee appointed to 
/draft a plan of operation for tbe book coiijcern, submitted the* 

following series of resolutions as their Report, and, were dis- 



siarged. 



Mesolvcd, pTbat in compliance with me resolution' o( lap 
Association — upon tfe subject of i|»rnishi ! ng the people withjn< 
its limits with usefuf books, 5 upon ! v t he bast possible .termjj tltipt 
m'q. advise that subgc/iption ajfa collection be obtained in each 
respective Church and, [congregation composing this b'xty, as*- 
well ajis at this time and pla.ce among the delegates composing' 
fhjs body — which amount .when collected shall form a fund 
for the purpose of furmsjih^jlae jBp#|f Quired; an^Kthat a 'com- 
mittee of five be appointed 1 by this body, whose; duty it shall 
be, to take into consideration as well the .iWmiber as the 
quality of Books to be bought, if an amount sufficient be ob- 
tained to justify the enterprise, provided they* *oniy purchase to* 
the amount of funds furnished; said Books to 'be*' oo'taine^ 
tl'i rough any agency they ni<ay see fit to employ, and deposited 
at or near Rutherfordton, in Rutherford county, N. C. 

Resolved, That the committee or agent, for the time beings 
dispose of said Book's at cost; teougb Hthe agency. if possible o£ 



fttmi^t'efin^bretteon laboring withifi our talffids. who are here- 
by requested, aiM earnestly solicited to explain "oilf object in 
their respective Churches and congregations, and obtain sub- 
scriptions and funds, to the extent, of their reasonable ability, and 
report; to the committee within three months from the rise of 
this body- 

Resofacd, That the monies so raised belong of right to the 
Oreen Itiver Association, to be applied from tiriiie to tinre to pur- 
poses, asset forth in these resolution's, under*' such arrange- 
ments and regulations a"s this body mat-j^ direct; and as the enter* 
prise is to 'be strictly to promote the ' cause of truth, through 
love to Go(i ? } and the people generally, it is advisable that 
agencies be procured as-ttiuch as caii be free of charge'. 

Resolvedj'^ftirthej', TIMi ihe comnri'ttee be required to feport 
its proceedings and general operation's to the next meetrng of 
this body. 

At the reading of th^ resolutions, upon motion, proceeded to 
take a subscription among the few lemaifiingMelegates; amotmt- 
ing to $73 and 50 cents. . 

And then upon motion, Elder J. M. Webb' the Morlefafor, was 
appointed one of the five to constitute the oomnfittee recom- 
mended in the foregoing resolutions — and that lie iiovnjrrate the 
other four, which terminated in the^appofntment of Elders J. C. 
f fray son, L. MeCurry, and brethreh T. 'Dfrvls, and W. Fortutoe. 
Brother T. Davis oifered the follc#iu*g resOiutio'u," '•* which wafs 
ad-opted by the issociaticn:* 

Resolved, ThafAve advise'The Churches wfeeFe* J! fTnion meet- 
ings are held io ^Compensate Hhe Ministers who* 4 attend and 
pteach for them. ' l 

The following was^offered by I). S. McCuriy, and T adopted by 
the Associcyion: :: 

Resolved, That we believe the maknig, vending' and using 
ardent spirits as a coiiimon beverage,* to Be, whenever and 
wherever praeticet], a gre^t evil, as well as ^rejudfcial fo the 
Christian name, #e therefore recommeiid aira" advise its dis- 
countenance, for the; promotion of the truth anil advancement 
and p ros perity of oh r peo p I e a n d soc i e ; y^ g e c e M\ ! yV 

Elder T. Christinas oifered the following, wliicb was adopts 
ed by fh$ Association: 

Resolved, That the thanks of this body are due, and arre' 
hereby tendered, to the Mount Vernon Church; the Tent holders 
[Concluded on lit h Page.] 



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■ 2 Ebeneezer, 


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3 Concord, 


1 Webb's Ford, 


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J. \V. Rollins, 


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IV. E. Rollins, 


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s Mpiiut Vernon, 


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J,M. Webb, 


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Patton's Home, 


R. E. Rollins, 


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JO Mount Sion, 


1 tonkin's Creek, 


L. MeCurrv, 


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Webb <k Coibteath, 


I i F. Ill 


13 Creep. River, 


Cooper's Cai,>, 


J. M. Webb, 


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.J. Evans, 


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J o Cooper's Crap, 


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P>. Pniee, 


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J 7 Rock Spring, 


Cooper's (Jap, 


P>. Rruce, 


4 Rich 


"J -Si Volet, 


Horse* Creek, 


N. P. Corn, 


4 M. i 


WPleknnt Hill, 


Rutherfordton, 


.L M. Webb, 


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20 ] Jet he!, 


Sugar Hill, 


P. Pruee, 


2 LM 


ti .found Tlill, 


MinersvilF, 


f ,f. C. ( Grayson, 


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Rutherfordton, 


J. M.^lcCraw, 


4 J. % 


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Cedar Creek, 


P. Pruce, 


3 T. I] 


'24 Harmony Crove, 


Dysartsvilie, 


J. C. Crayson, 


4 .1.0, 


25 Monttord's Cove, 


Suiza r Hill, 


P. Pruce, 


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26 Sulphur Springs, 


Webb's Foid, 


A. Padgett, 


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W. Ilarril, 


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t»8 Rutherfordton, 


Rutherfordton, 


J. C Landrum, 


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M Uethlthoiu, 


Cld Fort, 


J. C. (iiayson. 


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MINISTERS NAMES 
Ordained Ministers. 
J-. M. Webb, 

J. C. GllAYSOX, - - - - 

Lewis Mc Curry, - _- - 
Bailey Bruce, - '_- _- - 

ALANSON PaDvJiETTj - - - - 

William Harril. - - - 
Henry Colbr^ath, . . - 

lOAB VVlLKEY, v - - - - 
TtlEOPHILAS ClIRlSTMA^Sj 

J. -WfeiRoBERsqsr, - - ■-* 



AND ADDRSSSV 

PoS'#-*0#frICE. 

Rutherjbrdton. 

- - - DysaritfviHe. 

: - ?■ -.. Dunkiri,?s Oreefev 

- - - Si^arHill. 

-- - - Sandy Plains. 

- =.- *i Welb's Ford. 

- - -- - -do. do. 

• - - Ri&herfordton. 

- - - - do. 
■ - - - 01* Fort. 



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^tllepi^amp^enf, and neighborhood generally, for the Veft 
kin<J, hoppitableimanner in which they have entertained its 
liierttb^R^durijig its session. 

4. Then 'upgii motion, the dfcrk is directed to superintend the 
printing and dptribution of tfte Minutes, to retain eight dollars 
of the mon,ey>n hand for hi services, ati^et as u?any copies 
loathe remainder as he can. , " 

5. Read^aul adopted corresponding letters. 

6. l)isuibi(ied correspond i)>ig Minutes. 

7. Elected the following delegates to the' ^Vestern.Riptist €on- 
veytiou, viz: Elders J. M.Webb, J. C.Grayson, A Bruca, I, 
McGurry, Wm. Harnl, A. jfadgetf, and brethren TV/Dav*saiui 
-, ^^mjne, an J ordered Our Clerk to pay over the mmev to 
taqjfcmdot Managers of the Western Bipt.st Contention- at 
their semi-annual meet inland that it be divided etfugtbet-weei* 
Boqie and foreign Mission^ ** 

Adjourned to time at?4 place above, mentioned; y Elder L 
McOurry prayed. - ... 

/CI R C t'^'K 1 i t t ssi'. 

1 ,^-G/^n liwer Association to the Churches in Union- 

Dearly Beloved in the Log-according to an appointment of 
last year, *e address you upon the duty of Churches to their 
.Ministers,, and .Ministers to thjdr Churches. By the term church- 
es,, we ere to understand congregations of professing christian-, 

tenM?' r°'' Sh ,' P m ^ >!, ^ or P' a S os jlt llleir va » ^ settle- 
ents, who have been planted, or coiistitnfed, by the proper a - 
Wines, and who observe (J,e ordinances'^ Lus Pmst, as 
tU%t, U 7if- ^"m?* read "''he churehelof cilia, 
E'SnJil V°, f f aCedol,i ^ pf Asi *' &( -- ••'*&*» churches, or 
Hf'T ?' '? ol >' P erm "N>ar»ig Hiwii tl A era*lve S ,.fi, S t. to th«- 
Lord, and ,h»p to each othe, are m<W sofe,n, ; l^cov°,au.ed ,o 
u.ey Lord and to- each other*, to'carrwont the olvfevt of their or- 

Nfer, ... hen- dangerous pilgrio^em the :• heifer home, and r 
an God'to' 0,0 ' r 0!id ^" d #«'«'>it!.f.il observance of 
t^uZ^' UdS ^^ JeSUS '° a I-'Aa ruined 
Chinches, in their independent capacities, have • right to 



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"choose their own ' minister,;' or 'pastor, in doing '<yhich, tlTey 
should acquaint themselves w/ith Disqualifications. The whole 

4 church should feel well satisfied with him as their spiritual 
guide. They should selects minister 1 whom they believe 1 to he 
a christian, and divinely "called to the work of the ministry— 
having the ministry of reconciliation committed to him — abi'e 
to defend the doctrir.es of the gospel and'the ordinances of the 
house of God. Especially, a church 'srfonld. know a minister 
to be a good disciplinarian, before choosing him as their pastor; 
for if a pastor is deficient in doctrine and discipline, he is not 
safe, no matter how good he may be beside. Raving chose-such 
a man, you should feel assured he is a man of God; and the 
best gift with the Bible, which Jesus Christ ever bestowed on foi'i 
church. - It is then 'the duty of churches to esteem him very 
highly, for his Work's sake. You are to receive him as an over- 
seer over you— set over you by the Hoi y Ghost. You should 
receive Ins advice as coming from God, lor lie 'is God's minister 
to von. All his reproofs should be kindly received, for unless 
your minister can take liberty in admonishing you for your m'is- 
iiiviims, he cannot be profitable to you. It is a shame to see- the 
r^nduct of semechurch members, to the minister in charge; if 
tor their good and the lienor of the church the minister change 
to exoose their loose walk- and conversation, in the spirit of love, 
(for it should 1 be done in no oilier spirit.) they become prejudiced. 
against hum and go about speaking reproachfully of him to any 

•ihev may see. in me church or out. And in place of dealing 
with such niemhets, too often chinches indulge in some expres- 
sion df consent, or silently pass such offences by; and very soon 
the church is divided into parties, and tin; servant of God is 

>yi;s"raced, and often has fo seek mmtlmr nome. Sucdr churches 

1 deserve to he reminded (>luhe ad'nmnition'to the church at Ephe- 
sus Rev. 2, 5. ' Churche'S's'noulddetend'i^ieir ministers from the 

• attacks of revilers, whether in the' ; chuich or our. 'TheyshohlU 
'feel hound to defend himlYom the 'foul and slanderous -tongue^ 

whenever his name is r<m ro'tfdhe'd; no-church to which he 
s preaches can excuse herself, loHheos their servant, and thew are 
; bonivd'to ferret'out the rercmis, and l H he'^is guilty Aiepose him 

from your servrce-^jhe sooner the'hetter; and if he is not gmlty, 
sjt is your dul^ to show to air around his iirnocence, as much as 

you can, Be ye sure you cannot be an idle spectator — you 'tire 

• concerned— he is. yfeu'r«, and. yen are* his. 'As well- may a -man 



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tftink to hav-e liis wife slandered and iwtfbe concerned, as ■■& 
church to see her minister reproached without suffering. A ; 
church which will fellowship a member who slanders then: min- 
ister, deserves to have no minister at ad. But we must jtonsuti 
the duties of churches to their •ministers further, They should' 
pray for them,- not only Ml the closet-, ,or at the house of God. but 
in their families, around the family altar, and teacb* their chii- 
dren and servants to respect thprfLi Dear brethren, the preach-, 
mg of the gospel is an arduous work; but 4he pastoral care of a 
church is an additional work of s weighty, importance —no true 
minister but w-hat< feels much anxiety and deep; .solicitude. — - 
Well may they say., '-brethren pray for us,"'&3.. 

Furthermore, the churches shouU be constant in -attendance 
on the ministry of their pastors. How discouraging, it is fur a 
minister to ride twenty or thirty miles to preach toaefrwich, and 
them fail 'to attend, or biit few of them at best, Deardjrefhren, 
these tilings ought not so to be. Yon should go to >mteeting and 
take your families w-ith you. and invite your neighbors to join 
with your little fiookto come up to the house of the Lord, where 
streams of salvation flow through (fad-is appointed' means. 

It is imperative on the churches to liberally support thei; min- 
isters — to loose their hands from the world,- and let them give 
themselves wholly to their ministry — to preachmgypraymg, stu- 
dying, readingthe scriptures and other good ■books — to visiting' 
the sick, and the desirous of their charge, they have enough to 
do m the vineyard of theirLord; and their churches are guilty 
if their hahds-are not freedfroin daily labor in the field to t'jed 
their families. B, j loved y ,tiie scripture is very clear on this point, 
listen' ''I<et him that is taught in the word communicate unto 
him that teacheth in all good things" — Gil. vi, G. Again: >who 
f*oeih a warfare at any time at his own charges/ Even so In *!i 
the Lord ordamed that they which preach the gospel should live 
(»f the gospel"— 1st Cor. ix r . 7-I-i. The Lnrd says expressly, 
u Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out 
the corn." If you have received of your, minister spiritual 
things, it is but reasonable and: right that they receive of\ yotu 
temporal things, since God has made it your duty to give ac- 
cording to what you nave, and not according to what you have 
not. It is not a donation of charity to support your ministei; it 
is the payment of ajust debt- — you owe it to your divine mas- 
ter, and if you withhold a liberal support from your pastor, you 
vure guilty of robbing Him who died for you, and by his -death 



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^rcetired you all things, whether temporal or spjnftial. { u Forifa 
asmuch as ye did it not to one of these, ii 1 y , disciples, .ye did it 
not to me." Ministers are the servants of Jesus Christ, Who la- 
hor for him in his vineyard, and have a right to live of, the fruits 
nf the tillage, or plantation of : the Loid. They ieecl Christ's 
flock, and have a right; to the iiii'Ik of the flock. They are not 
paupers, fed by charily^ hut servants of a ; King, ( who have reap- 
ed down your fields;' and vbe ye sine their King will plead then- 
cause against those who \v it h hold from them their due. Minis- 
ters have the same obligation on th'em to feed] clolhe'and edu- 
cate their families, that their breihren have; and if ybhrall them 
to s&he you and your families in the gospel field/ and then re- 
fuse, or neglec*.; to remunerate them, the cry of Ifieir widowed 
wives and orphan children will ris'e^againsl you. |' Ministers, as 
we#ili presently show, must give;" themselves to'lhe work en* 
lire, &nd if 'your neglect toward them renders them unable to 
obey'their LordJ the guilt \ will be bn yotijf'heads. , Then, dear 
breihren, Wake tip,' and do the thing for \Vhich you was design- 
ed — that isj to holdup the gospel ministry as the light to the 
world. ■ Hbjd them up in'your affections', and pray hold thejli 
up in yourdriigeiiee and d( j terminanon to sustain them against 
the groundless attacks of hypocrites and siniiels;" hold them up 
by relieving the necessities of th£|r families — and hold them lip 
by wfilkittjgf'in the truth^et the world see your minister tells the 
muh whehliesays religion makes'people better, "ye are our epis- 
the, kuowti'tmd read of all men;"' then', bref&fb'n. Jet them' read 
in your lives and conduct, the whole of Jesus. \\s ye have re- 
ceived Christ Jesus so walk ye%) hitfn," rooted aftd grounded iff 
the truth, walking humbly and ' ''chaste,' ''keeping your garments 
U6 spotted from the world, ^feivt'if cJS inches keep in fellowship 
s®ch members as disoiderly '" walkers, tattleis, huisy-^odies, 
drunkards, or even those 4(ho are habitual dram drinkeis, the 
world will soon fay. ahlsuch a minister preacties and gets mem- 
bers, but they are like the:^ always weie, no better. Dear bretlw 
mi, these things ought not so to be. You should practice" whai 
your minister preaches, as near as possible, and thereby hold 
him up to'the world as a light. Dear, in the eye of the ''Loid, 
are his ministers, so much so he saith to them, "he that despi- 
seth ym\ despiseth rne,"&c. 

In the second place, a Minister whois called of GbcTtopreac) 
the Gospel, is not only a con veiled man, but one directed int< 
the path of duty; one who holds the faith in a pure conscience 



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sound in the faith and apt to commntfidate'Mo' •.b'thel-s. And. - 
having the cause committed to him,hecantietrest ! (ill he is set 
afpart, to the woik of the Ministry, which isdone by the 1 .request 
or direction of the Chinch, to which he belongs;' We then (befng 
ordained) mav take the oversight of ! tbe Church-as Pastor,— 
Taking the charge of a Church, he- is their serVantjfor the time 
agreed on. aner he must feel bound to do'therh the best service 
-in his power, as an honest man, he \v%ll labor to qualify himself 
for the duties of his office. Ministers shoulclbe^punciuai in 
their attendance; if Ministers* fail liahitually to attend their ap- 
pointments, the people will soon have no confide'iice 1 in them— 
and their preaching cannot effect mucin In Mithlif a man for 
secular engagements, will disappoint his congregations, he is - 
unlit to have charge of a congregation as a Minrsier; for the 
good of the cause Htid the love of. fiuth, 1 will forbid his doing; 
such akhing. .-■',■» 

It is a dnty which MiiiisterS'owe td t ! H ; eir t^hnrferies, to adorn 
their Wves by a good orderly \\4lk, andagd&ly conversation; -a 
man who will disgrace himself and the'causeofC'hrist, bygos*. 
. sipmg over the country/ idling away ltt| time, is^ unfit fdr the 
Ministry; or one who" wilt associate With the wicked in their 
I lewdness, or drink With the drunken, or f in any way countenance 
the use of intoxicating liquor, as an article of trade, or a bever* 
age, is unfit for a Minister of .''Jesus Christ, fortheAMihister who 
preaches to otherslo live'obedient to the laws of Christ, and 
i then violates them himself, is both sinful and dangerous. A 
rMinister^houId give himself wholly to the work of the Ministry, 
! it is a cause of so -much' importance ihat no- man can ieel salis- 
f fied to engage in it-carelessly or w!lhont 4 pemeditation. It i$ 
dne to the? Churches, that hheir*Mini'Ster& be wholly devoted to 
the Gospel, that they study the doctrines of c the Scriptures; s< 
they may feed the flock of : God With wholesome food; they can- 
not be too careful in searching theScripruTes/for the 'doctrine c \ 
grace is much denied and repudiated nVour day* and it is tht 
duty of Ministers to the Chinches to gutfrd them from the cie- 
vices of the Devil, through the false teachers of Our ilay. Th< 
Minister of a Chinch should devote ihe energy" of iiis whok 
soul to advance the cause of the Church in chaigeJ If is his own 
family, they are his brethren, he must feel for them like a father 
tor his own children; he will study to build them up^to comfort 
them, to keep them in peace, to admonish them to theif duty, to 
instruct them in doctrine and discipline, and lead them on to the 



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Wessftd caarlatl as safely as he can. Aid he should Visit thd , 
sick^of h'i'SfioclfV.tu pr>ay for them; and read the fidfii pmr^ for' 
ih'em, andas much as he can smooth their way, ,/througb the 
va!l;ey and.shadow of death* The Minister should feel himself 
aservan,i-of his brethren* Visit Churches and .■; Associations, 
and ."dewtrljue sett!ements:as much as he can, to extend the doc- 
Jrine ofthe cross as far as. he may* Especially. wall a Minister 
ieel deep -concern for (lie sotils of his brethren's cBUdreife NexC 
to the salvation of his own family, is the salvation* of -.h is bre* 
taretrs families, who have called him for their spiritual guide, 
Oteu should he .visit their families, to readand pray witii.tliem^ 

The Minister is a sentinel for his church, to guard her from 
assaults of the enemy. If he see the sword coming and neglect 
lo wain, <vne be untohkn! He has tb@,sp : i,ritual oversight of tire 
Church, and if the Church will relieve him from the cares oftliii 
world, he must be a dumb do™— or a devil incarnate, if he does 
n U devote himself.. A man .who will live in ease and sensual 
pleasure because the Churches sustain him,, is dishonest and 
deserves to be excommuincated.ironi all Church /privileges, and 
frowned out of countenance. . 

So, dear brethren,, you must see the duties of -Ministers are < 
ma iy aud arduous indeed; which they wiU do, if Churches wiW 
tin theirs, but which they cannot ^Without.. God has blessed the 
C lurches of this country with ,the Gasped for a . long time* for 
Vj.-y little return. But the time has come, when,.. unless you 
wake up to sustain a sound Ministry, and practice holiness .of 
life, 'G>i will visit you and remove the candle stick out of its 
place"! May the good Lord bless us all as Miuistersavn 1 Caurch- 
es, help us to discharge our . several duties faithfully, then 
bhall ZiOn anse from her dusty,bed,L Ministers go forth. an the 
spirit of their calling, Churches appear in the greatness of their 
strength: fair as ihv moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an 
army With banners.:. Then shod our old men and women stand 
in the streets ol the city: of Gad, and see their children joyfully 
crowding the gates of the Church*, telling the gladening — for- 
ever gladeulng news — the dead is aliV< j , the lost is found; and 
then too, shah We see truth prevail over error, and the heathen 
shall soon be given to Christ for. an inheritance, and the iilter* 
most parts of the earth for. his possession* 

Finally brethren, let Its quit ourselves like men, and be 
strong, da our duty as good soldiers of our blessed captain, for 
in due time We shall receive a croWn, if we faint not. Farewell. 
Bailey Bruce, Clerk, j. M. WEBB, Moderator. 



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GREEN RIVER 

UNITED BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 

HELD WITH 

ROUND. HILL CHURCH, 

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N. C, 
SEPTEMBER 30, 1853, 

AND DAYS FOLLOWING. 



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CAROLINA INTELLIGENCER PRINT. 

1853. 



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FRIDAY. September 30. 1853. 

The introductory Sermon was delivered by Elder L. M'Cur- 
ry, from Acts 20th ch. and 28fh verse. "Take heed to thyself," 
<&c. After a short recess the Delegates assembled in the house. 
Elder J. M. Webb prayed. 

1st. Read letters from 28 Churches and minuted the 29 
Churches, and enrolled the Deligates' names. Ebenezer Church 
having been divided, about the Order of the Sons of Temper- 
ance, each party sending up letters and Delegates claiming to 
be the Church. After considerable discussion the following 
motion was made by bro. T. Davis, and unanimously agreed 
to, To receive neither of the parties, as the Church, until a 
committee of thirteen (a majority of whom shall act) go to Eb- 
enezer on Friday the 20th day of October', and labor to recol- 
cile the parties, if possible ; if not. to hear all the evidence, so 
as to determine which parly acts nearest in accordance with 
the Scripture, Baptist Constitution and usage — and if the 
committee determine in favor of the minority, and the majority 
refuses to take the counsel of the committee, the committee is 
directed to letter the minority to other Cnurches or constitute 
them into a Church if they think best. 

Then upon motion, the Moderator was appointed one of said 
committee, and he announced the following brethren to act 
with him, (which announcement was unanimously concurred in 
by the Association.) viz: L. M'Curry. B Bruce, J. C. Grayson, 
H. Colbreath, J. Berge, T. Davis. E. L. Ta> lor. W. Fortune, 
M. Koon, Rich'd Whitesides. D. Walker and J. M. Hambleton. 
2d. Elected Elders J. M. W«bb. Moderator, and B Bruce, 
Clerk. 

3d. On motion, Elder J. M. Wn>b had leave'of absence for 
evening, by filling the chair by Elder L VI 'Curry who wi'h 
the Clerk, and brothers T. Davis, W. Fortune and El- 
der W. Harril, constitute an arran^in^ committee. 



4th. Invited Churches of our order to join us. Mt. Pleas- 
ant, church accepted, and being found orthodox, by an exami- 
nation, was received and the delegates' names enrolled. 

The Association then adjourned till 10 o'clock to-morrow 
morning. Elder T. Carlton prayed. 



SATURDAY, October 1. 

Met according to adjournment. Prayer by Elder L. M'- 
Curry. 

The arranging committee reported and were discharged. 

1st. Called the Roll; read the Rules of Order, and the Min- 
utes of yesterday. 

2d. Called i'or correspondence, and received from the Ca- 
tawba River, (and Minutes since, of J. C. Grayson.) by Elder 
T. Carlton, and brothers P. Warlick and J. Benifield. From 
the Tyger River, by Riders A. Dill and B. Page, a letter and 8 
copies of Minutes. From the Salem. — Elder H. W. Patterson, 
with a letter, (Minutes since received from J. H. Allen.) 

3d. Invited visiting ministering brethren to sears. 

4lh. The following Committees were appointed by the 
Moderator : 

Ox Finance. — Bro'rs J. Wilkey. W. Harril and W. Fortune. 

Ox Union Meeting — Brothers B. E.Rollins A. Paggettand 
B. Led better. 

5th. The following brethren were appointed by the Mode- 
rator, to write to corresponding Associations: B. Bruce to write 
to the Broad River; Elder A. Paggett, and brothers R. Pinner, 
A. Lancaster and Wm. Cole, Messengers. L. M'Curry to write 
to the Salem ; Elders A. Paggett, B. Bruce and J. Wilkey. and 
brother W. Foster, Messengers. B. E. Rollins to write to the 
Tyger River; Elders A. Paggett. J. M. Webb, and brother J, 
M. Hambleton, Messengers. J. W. Green to write to the Ca- 
tawba, Elder J. C. Grayson, and brother Benj, Taylor. Messen- 
g^rs. T.Davis to write to the King's Mountain; Elder W 
Harrill,and brothers B. R. Doggettand H. Pagget, Messengers 

6th. Elected Elder J. M. Webb to prepare a circular let 
ter for our next meeting, and elected Elder J. C. Grayson t< 
preach the next introductory sermon — Elder J. M. Webb hii 
alternate. 

7th. The Circular letter prepared by Elder J. C. Graysoi 
was read and unanimously adopted, and ordered to be pub 
Jished. 

8th. On motion, elected Elder L. M'Curry to preach i 
Missionary sermon and take a collection tomorrow ; also elec 



tf(3 Elder B. E. Rollins to preach in the forenoon, and Elder H. 
W. Pattersoru'n Hie afternoon. 

9th. The committee on Union Meetings reported the fol- 
lowing and was discharged: The Union Meeting, for the first 
District, to be held with Mount Sion Church, to commence on 
Saturday before the fourth Lord's day in March, 1854 — ElnW* 
B. E. Rolling J M. Webb, J. C. Grayson and B. Bruce to at- 
tend. The Meeting in the second District, to be held with the 
Green River Church, to commence on Saturday before the se 
cond Lord's day in May, 1854,— Eiders B. Bruce, H Colbreath 
and L M'Curry to attend. The Meeting in the third District 
to be held with the Bill's Creek Church, to commence on Sat 
urday belore the third Lord's day in June, 1854,— Elders A 
Pag*et,J.M. Webb and B.E.Rollins to attend. * l<,ersA " 

10th. Considered petitions from Churches : 

t k IS t M r ° m l l °u k S f )ri 1 n ^;- For t6p next meeting f this body 
to be held with them, wh.ch was granted. RockSprin- is 12 
mi es west of Rutherford ton. The meeting to commence at 11 
©clock, A. M., Fr.day before the first Lord's day in Oct 1854 

2d I etitiQH from Fisgah, for a letter of dismission to join 
the Catawba River Association, which was grafted 

- • 3 tl; P *! ili ™ f [ om % W***. for a letter of dismission to 
•join the Kings Mountain Association, which was granted 

11th. look up Queries: 

1st From Mount Vernon Church.— How long shall a bm 
ther, after calling for a letter of dismission, and ohfaining ■ i r ESSS 
it under any circumstance, that has not joined someoth.r ChVrch 
Answer. As a member receiving a letter issfii] subject to the' 
discipline of the church granting it, until received by another 
church, the time is immaterial, so long as the church is satis^d 

2d. Query from Cane Creek Church.-How |„ Djr sha 
brother be under the watch care of a church. hHV^tLt 
in lull fellowship, who moves from one part of the country to 
another without a letter? country to 

On motion, the Association adjourned till If) „V !«■«!- \/i a 
morning. Elder T. Carlton prated. 10 o cIock Mond.y 

t k ,l . LORD'S DAY. October o 

The brethren appointed preached according £ «™ r l n 

pointments, to a very Urge and orderly cong.e^Uon A Z 

eclion was taken, amounting to $21,371. 



rn A . . MONDAY. OCTOBFR <? 

The Association met. Prayer by the Moderator Ca 



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the Roll ? marked absentees, and read the minutes of the jire- 
vrous days; then proceeded— 

1st To take up the unfinished business of Saturday ; and 
the following answer to the Query from Cane Creek Churcb 
was adopted : Ans. We recognise no such custom amongst the 
Baptists, to receive members under the watch care of the 
Church without a recommendation from a Church of our order. 
We advise Churches in our union, however, to use every con- 
sistent means to procure letters for such aggrieved persons, at 
as early time as they conveniently can. 

3rl Query (mm Mount Sion.— Has, or has not the Associa- 
tion a'ri-ht to withdraw from a Chusch who will not take her 
advice ?° Ans. Yes - r the Association has such a right to with- 
draw from a Church, according to the conditions contained in 
the following Constitution. (See the Constitution at the last 
cf these Minutes.) 

2\ Considered Resolutions. 

Resolution 1st, Offered by brother T. Davis, and unani- 

fnouslv adopted: . 

Whereas, there exists great destitution in our Churches m 
regard to Sabbath Schools: Therefore 

a Unsolved, That this Association recommend to all the Lnur* 
ehe* composing this body, to organize Sabbath Schools at their 
respective Churches, and that they select suitable pious super- 
Pendants and teachers to conduct said Schools, and that the 
Churches report upon the subject at our next meeting. 

Resolution 2d. Offered by Elder L. M'Curry, and unani- 
mously adopted ; • . ., 

Resolved, That our thanks are hereby tendered to the breth- 
ren and friends of this neighborhood, for their kindness and 
hospitality toward us during this session; 

Resolution 3d. Offered by brother J. W. Morgan, and unan- 
imously adopted : 

Revived, That our Clerk superintend the printing and dis- 
tribution of the Minutes as usual and retain ten dollars out ot 
the funds for his services. . 

4th The Financial Committee reported $25.98 cts received 
JYom Churches, as shown in the table of Churches. The Com- 
mittee was discharged. £•■■»••*;■-• t?ii— t nc 

5th The Book Committee, by their chairman, kluer J. m, 

Webb,° submitted their Report, which was received ;. and. on 

Y motion, the Committee was continued for another year, and di- 

A *ected to pay Elder J. M. Webb, depository agent, 5 per cent. 

on the books sold, for his services. 



6th. Read and adopted Corresponding letters. 

7th. Elected Elders J. M. Webb, B. Bruce, L. M'Curry 
and B. E. Rollins delegates to the Western Baptist Convention; 
and paid the money collected into the hand of our Clerk, and 
directed him to pay it over to the Board of Managers at their 
semi annual Meeting, to be applied to Home Missions. 

The Association adjourned to the time and place appointed* 
after reading and adopting the Minutes of the day. Elder A. 
Pagget prayed. 

J. M. WEBB, Moderator. 

Bailey Bruce, Clerk. 



CIRCULAR LETTER. 

THE GREEN RIVER UNITED BAPTIST ASSOCIATION; TO THK 

CHURCHES IN UNION. 

Dear Brethren : Agreeable to the directioti of our last As- 
sociation, we address you on Mat. 12ch. 43-45. "When the un- 
clean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry pla- 
ces seeking rest and findeth, none. Then he saith I will re- 
turn into my house from whence I came out, and when he is 
come, he findeth it empty, swept and garnished. Then goeth 
he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked 
than himself, and they enter in and dwell there; and the last 
state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be 
also, unto this wicked generation." By the unclean spirit, is 
meant satan, the old serpent, the devil;who by the Jews used 
to be called as here, the unclean spirit. As he is the cause of 
uncleanness in men, and delights in unclean persons places 
and things. His going out of a man, is not to be understood of 
his being dispossessed of the bodies of men, nor of his going by 
force, through the power of divine grace, out of the souls of 
men, bet of his leaving the Jews for a while, in some sort while 
Christand the gospel were among them, and of his going oui 
of the scribes and Pharisees, not really but putting on another 
form, appearing as an angel of light, and under the guise of 
holliness and righteousness. And so he may De said to go out 
of men, when any outward reformation is made in them, and 
they take up a profession of religion, though destitute of the 
saving grace of God. 

Like Simon Magus, Acts 8, 13-23, who professed to believe 
and was baptized, who offered the apostles money* that on 
whomsoever he laid his hands, he might receive the Holy Ghost 
by which Peter perceived that his heart was not right in lbs 



STATE OF T 



CHURCHES. 



POST OFFICE. 



THe~ad IstBroad Golden Valley, 



Logans Store, 
Webb's Ford, 
Dunkin's Creek, 
Webb's Ford, 
Golden Valley, 
Rutherfordton, 
Pattan's Home, 
Dunkin's Creek, 
Rutherfordton, 
Sandy Plains, 
Cooper's Gap, 

Do. • 

Do. 



2Ebenezer, 

3 Concord, 

4 Rig Spring 

5 Walls. 

6 Pisgah, 

7 Mount Vernon 

8 Cane Creek, 

9 Mount Zion, 

10 Shiloah, 

11 Green's Creek, 

12 Green River, 

13 Silver Creek, 

14 Cooper's Gap, 

15 Holly Spring, Arrow Wood, 

16 Rock Spring, Cooper's Gap, 

17 Packolet, Horse Creek, 

18 Pleasant Hill, Rutherfordton, 

19 Bethel, Sugar Hill, 

20 Round Hill, Minorsville, 

21 Mountain Cr'k, Rutherfordton, 

22 Bill's Creek, Cedar 

23 harmony grove 

24 montsford cove 

25 sulphur springs 

26 Cool Springs, 

27 Rutherfordton 

28 Bethlehem, 



Dysartsville, 
Sugar Hill, 
Webb's Ford, 

Do. 
Rutherfordton, 
Old Fort. 



SUPPLY. 



B E Rollins, 



29 Mt. Pleasant,;Webb's Ford. 



G W Rolins, 
B E Rollins, 
J Leatherman, 
J M Webb, 
B E Rollins, 
L McCurry, 

W Harril, 

None 

A Padgett 

H W Patterson, 

B Bruce, 

D Pannell, 

B Bruce 

N P Corn, 

J M Webb, 

B Bruce, 

J M Webb, 

G W Rollins, 

J C Grayson, 

A Padgett, 
W Harrili, 
J M Webb, 
None, 
W Harril. 



,0 



E CHURCHES. 



Delegates'! (Names. 

linisters in small caps, Licentiates in Italics 
*Denotes absence. 



to' 

ft. 



b 






• T ' T 

H. ClJLBREATH, J 



[H Green, 
Wilkey and 



^TW"Fortulie7J H Jones, and J G Fortune, 
y L. Deck. 

•ry, J M Chitwood B A Jenkins,J C Latamore 
J W Green, 

teside, D Walker, J M Allen, and H Horton 
3urry,B Taylor, 
I*ry. J GDiviney, 

y, P C Sparks 

btt, 

inbleton and W Forster, 
fcson and John Jackson, 
owart and E Lynch, E K Blanton* 
fe T T, A Lancaster, L R Lancaster, 
, N Whiteside, and R Whiteside, 
»rn, 

ylor,R Baben, 
1 and P Morgan, 
i. H Keter, 
,vis and M Harris, 
Iter, P Flinn and J Crofford, 
\yson,BP Simmons, 
. J W Morgan, 
ggett, Wm. Role, and J Cole, 
arrill, W Goode, R Pinner, 
*bb, T Davis and S M Wells, 
)Berson* J Ross and N. Souther, 



Bostic, W S Hill. 



Total. 



15 1 


1 


i 


3 


3 


105 


140 


2 1 





i 








11(5 


50 


1 3 





8 


2 





49 


80 


24 


1 


3 


5 





110 


175 


5 





6 


1 


1 


86 


150 





6 


00 


16 





28 


45 


19 13 





3 


1 


116 


150 


4 








1 





34 


100 


1 2 


i 





7 


2 


62 


145 


2 4 


1 


4 


3 





76 


75 


0; 3 


t) 


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48 


75 


1 





8 


1 


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48 


70 


1 





1 








30 


80 


9 














52 


105 


12 3 








1 


53 


70 


1 3 


1 








17 


55 


1 


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2 





20 


60 


1 2 


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22 


75 


2. 2 


3 


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43 


75 


6 3 


3 


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62 


112 


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1 


39 


70 


4 


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2 





149 


85 


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1 28 


70 


6 1 


2 


2 


1 ° 


60 


140 


4 


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1 


30 


62^ 


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1 35 





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10 

MINISTER'S NAMES AND ADDRESS. 

J. M.Webb, RutherfordtoB, 
J. C. Grayson, Dysartsville, 
Lewis McCurry, Dunkins Creek, 
Bailey Bruce, Coopert's Gap, 
Alanson Padgett, Sandv Plains, 
Wm- Harril, Webbs Ford, 
Henry ColbFeatb, •• " 
Joab Wilkey, Rutberfordion, 
J. W. Robeson, Black Mountain, 

LICENTIATES AND ADDRBS*. 

Benj. Taylor, Pattont Home, 
£. K. Blanton, Coopers Gap. 



TT 

sight of God, that be was in the gall of bitterness, and bond* 
of inequity. And like Hymenius aud Alexander, who had put 
away holding faith and a good conscience, and concerning the 
faith, made shipwreck, 1 Tim. 1. 19. 20. Which does not im- 
ply that they ever had a good conscience or faith, since that 
may be put away, which was never had; the Jews who blas- 
phemed and contradicted, and never received the word of 
God, are said to put it from them. See Acts 13 46. where the 
same word is used as here, and signifies to refuse or reject any 
thing with detestation and contempt. Concerning the faith 
have mude shipwreck, which designs not the grace, but the 
doctrines of faith, which men may profess, and full off form, 
and entirely drop and lose, as these men did. And like Judas 
Iscariot, one of the twelve apostles, whom Christ calls a devil, 
John 6, 70.71, And the Evang r \\s\ calls a thief; six days be- 
fore the passover, Christ came \o Bethany, there they made 
him a supper, at which Mary anointed the feet of Jesus, with 
very costly ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair. Judas 
said why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence 
and given to the poor. This he said not that he cared for the 
poor, but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare 
what was put therein, John 12, 1.16. Thus we see that he 
was a devil, that is like the devil, who was a murderer from 
the beginning, and a liar and the father of it, John, 8 44. And 
a thief and that he cared not for the poor, which proves to a 
demonstration, that he was a bad man, before satan is said to 
enter into him, John 13 27. And there is no proof that he ever 
was a good man; but satan the evil spirit returned into his 
house, from whence he came out, when Jesus gave him the 
sop, and stirred up his lusts, so that he betrayed Christ, end the 
last state of that man is worse than the first. And the above 
named Simon Magus, Hymenius and Alexander, are in the 
same predicament. There has been a difference of opinion, 
with some, whether it is the unclean spirit, or the man, that, 
walketh through dry places seeking pest and findeth none, and 
that returneth into his house, &c. The gramatical construc- 
tion of the passage, shows clearly that it is the unclean spirit, 
and not the man* Referring to a prevailing notion among the 
Jews, th;it unclean spirits walk in, and haunt, desert and deso- 
late places. And may have regard to the gentiles among 
whom satan might go seeking rest and satisfaction among 
them, in their idolatries and other wickedness. Till he was 
there also disturbed by the gospel sent among them. In 1 Pe* 
ter 5 8 we are told that the devil as a roaring lion, walketh. 



12 

about seeking whom he may devour." Or by these dry pla- 
ces may be meant the saints, among whom he takes his walks 
in order to distress them by temptation, being secure of phari- 
saical persons. And these may be so called, not for what 
they are in themselves, for they have a well of living water in 
them; and are watered by the Lord; but, for what they are to 
the unclean spirit, there being nothing in their grace, and the 
exercise of it, and in their spiritual performances, grateful to 



*Ree Dr. Gills exposition on Mat. 12; 43 45. 
him. nor were there in them the mire and dirt of inequity to 
roll in; as in unregenate persons, therefore he is represented, as 
seeking rest and fincfeth none. His view in walking in these 
places, or among such persons, is rest, not the rest of the saints 
he seeks their disturbance, but hisown rest, which is to do all 
the mischief he can, by stirring up corruption, tempting to sin, 
and by discouraging the exercise of grace, but is notable to do 
as much mischief, as be would: and cannot find the rest he 
seeks for. See Job. I, G.7 and 2.2,3. 

Then hesaith I will return into my house from whence I 
came out into J he scribes and Pharasees, outward professors of 
religion, who notwithstanding their outward reformation, and 
great pretensions to holliness, are Satans house still. And 
though he says from whence 1 came out, yet he never really 
and properly quitted it, only seemingly, and in appearance, he 
now throws off the guise, re-assumes his former character, as 
a vicious and unclean spirit. 

And when he is come he findeth it empty, of God, of the 
true knowledge of him, and love to him. of Christ, of faith in 
him, of the spirit of God, and his graces, and of spiritual inter- 
nal religion, and powerful godliness. Swept not with the spir- 
it convincing of sin, righteousness and judgment, but with the 
bosom of an outward reformation. And garnished with secret 
lusts and corruptions for this unclean spirit, with some show of 
morality, an observance of some external rites and ceremonies 
and a few hypocritical performances, of fasting and prayer, 
which satan can very well bear with, so long as the heart is 
•tmpty of spiritual grace. Then goeth he and taketh to himself 
;even other spirits, more wicked than himself, this may denote 
a large number of devils, seven being a number of perfection, 
or else the various corruptions of a man's heart, the swarms 
of internal lusts, which are there stirred up by satan. As 
these are more pernicious, than the devil himself. And they 
enter in and dwell there. That is though they were there be- 



13 

fore, now they exert and show themselves, and such men ap- 
pear to be under the power and government, of them. When 
leaving their seeming religion, and holiness, they "return like 
the dog tohisown vornit again, and the saw that was washed 
to her wollowing in the mire." They become more wicked 
than they were before they made pretensions to religion. As 
such apostles generally, are more extravagant in sinning, and 
are seldom recovered by repentance, and iheir last end is eter- 
nal damnation. "For if after they have escaped the pollutions 
of the world through the knowledge o( the Lord and Saviour 
Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, 
the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.' Sec. 2 
Peter 2. 20.21.22. 

Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation. From 
this application, the parable or above relation, seerns primarily 
to refer to the fickle minded jews in general, and the scribes 
and Pharisees in particular. Who pretend to be very religious 
outwardly, when the Lord declared that they were like whited 
sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outside, but are 
within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness, Mat. 
2337. They wanted to see a sign or some miracle from 
Christ, and because they were not gratified in their own way 
they finally said crucify him, crucify him; his blood be upon 
us and our children. And brought wrath on themselves to 
the utmost. So they were destroyed, soon after from being 
a nation. And have been a by word and a reproach among the 
nations; where they are scattered. 

It is thought by some that this passage is susceptible of an in- 
dividual application. And that the wicked disposition of a 
man, is here represented by an unclear spirit, who could leave 
and return to the man at pleasure. That is intended to repre- 
sent a person who under conviction of sin, makes good resolu- 
tions, and partially reforms, but like the stony ground hearers, 
"he heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it. Yet 
hath he no root in himself, but dureth for a while, for when trib- 
ulation or persecution ariseth, because of the word by and by he 
is ofFened." Mat. 13, 20.21. And the last state of that man is 
worse than the first. For there is a great' difference between 
the devil going out of a person, and being driven out. A per- 
son may join a church under deception thinking he has religion 
when the unclean spirit, is only gone out; but he has no enjoy- 
ment there. And he may continue so for a time, »hen the un- 
clean spirit returns and finds it empty, of all good that is his 
heart, and garnished with secret lusts, there he goeth and tak- 



14 

eth with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself. 

That is the man through the influence of the devil, yields to 
the secret lusts of the flesh, which are worse to a man than the 
devil himself. If he has only been addicted to swearing pro- 
fanely before, perhaps he now takes up lying drunkenness, un- 
cleanness, and every abomination that comes in his way. Per- 
haps turns Atheist, and denies that there is any God, or here- 
after; and it is next to impossible ever to persuade that man 
to turn his attention to religion. And the last state of that 
man is worse than the first. 

Therefore, let us take the admonition of Paul, "Take heed, 
brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in 
departing from the living God ; but exhort One another daily, 
while it is called to-day ; lest any of you be hardened through 
the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ 
if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the 
end." Hebr. 3. 12, 13, 14. And as there is great danger of 
being deceived in religion, by the unclean spirit, and our own, 
wicked hearts. ••Examine yourselves whether ye be in the 
faith." For it matters not what our profession is, unless we 
have experienced a change of heart. "Except a man be born 
again he ennnot see the kingdom of God." 

Bailey Bruce, Clerk. J. M. WEBB, Moderator. 



SYSTEM OF THE GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSO- 
CIATION. 

As the corrrmuuion of saints, so the communion ol churches is a de» 
siranle blessing; to obtain and promote which ought to be the study 
and endeavors of all the people of God. Although churches formed 
on the gospel plan, are independent of each other in regard to power, 
yet not so strictly speaking with regard to communion. For as saints 
in general have an indispensable right to share in each other's gifts 
and graces, so have churches in this joint capacity. It is a general 
rule "to do good & communicate, forget not," Heb. xiii. 16, which is 
applicable in a particular manner to churches as such. In order more 
amply to obtain this blessing ol communion, there ought to be a coal, 
izing, or uniting of several churches into one body, so far as their local 
situation and other circumstances will admit. But as it is impractible 
for all the individual members, thus to associate and coalize;the church- 
es should each respectively, choose and delegate some of the most able 
pious and judicious from among themselves, and particularly their min- 
isters, to convene at such times and places as may be thought most 
conducive to the great end proposed, to act as their representatives in 
the general assembly. Their eipenses ought to be defrayed by the 
cnurches who send them. 



15 

These delegates at their first meeting, are in a formal manner, to 
enter into covenant with each other as the representatives of the chur ' 
ches, tor the promoting Christ's cause in geueral ; and the interest oi 
the churches they represent in particular. They should then form their 
plan of operations, and fix on the most proper place and time for meet- 
ing in future. 

Although such a conjunction of churches is not expressly comman- 
ed in scripture, yet it receives sufficient countenance and authority 
from the light of nature, and the general laws of society; bnt more e»- 
pecially from a precedent establihed by the Apostolic authority; record- 
ed Acts xv. chap. 

An association thus formed is a reputable body, as it represent 
not a city, country or nation, but the Churches of Jesus Christ. It is 
by no means to be deemed a superior judicature, vested with coercive 
power over churches. It presumes not to impose its sentiments on its 
constituents, under pain of excommunication. Nor doth it anathema- 
tize those who do not implicitly submit to its determination; which 
would be nothing less than spiritual tyranny ; and belter comport 
with the arbitrary spirit of Popish councils, than with that meekness 
which distinguishes the true disciples and humble followers of the low- 
ly, yet adored Jesus. The apostles, elders and brethren who compo- 
sed the first christian councils, presumed not to impose their conclu- 
sions on the church in such a lordly manner, but preferred their deter- 
minations with this modest prologue- It seemed good to the Holy 
Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burdens than these ne 
cessary things. Acts xv. 28. The Baptist association arrogates no 
higher title than that of an advisory council ; consistent with which 
epithet, it ought ever to act when it acts at all, without intruding on 
the rights of independent congregational churches, or usurping authori- 
ty over them, Mat. xxiii. 10. 12. Nevertheless the association bath a 
natural and unalienable right to judge for itself, what churches shall be 
admitted into confederacy with it, and to withdraw from all acts of 
communion and fellowship with with any church so admitted, provided 
said church, obstinately persists in holding corrupt principles, or in- 
dulging vicious practices, notwithstanding all propor endeavors have 
been used to reclaim it. Eph. v. 7. Rev. xviii. 4. An association 
when transacting business should proceed in the following manner. 

1st. Always begin and end each session by prayer. (2.) admit 
none as messengers, but such as come recommended by letters, well 
authenticated from the church to which they belong, or from whence 
they came. (3.) When a church petitions by letter for admission 
if approved of, the moderator is to inform the messengers that their 
request is granted and desire them to take seats. (4.) All who 
have anything to offer, 'are to rise and address the moderator. (5.) 
While one is speaking the rest are to be silent, yet all have an equal 
right to speak in turn. (6.) No partiality or respect of persons is 



16 

to be shown. (7.) Every matter should be canvassed with gravity, 
modesty,, and a sincere aim after truth. (8.) Wj^en ail are not a r 
greed, the matter may be put to a vote, and a majority determine.-— 
(9.) All queries regularly sent by the churches, should be answered 
if possible. (10. \ny matter proposed relative to the general good 
of the churches should be seriously attended to. (11.) Every trail- 
saction should be comformable to the revealed will of God. (12.) A 
circular letter should be wrote and sent to all the churches in confed- 
eration, containing such instruction, information and advice ; as may 
be thought most suitable and with which should be sent the transac- 
tions of the association. 

The benefits arising from an association and communion of churches 
are many; in general it tends to the maintaining of the truth, order 
and discipline of the gospel. (1.) By it the churhes may have such 
doubts as arise among them cleared, which will prevent disputes, xv, 
28, 29- (2.) They will be furnished with salutary council, Prov. xi 
14. (3.) The churches will be more closely united in promoting the 
cause and interest of Christ. (4.) A member who is agrieved through 
partiality, or any other wrongs received from the church, may have 
an opportunity of applying for direction. (5.) A godly a.id sound min- 
istry will be encouraged, while a ministry that is unsound and nngod- 
ly, will be discountenanced. (6.) There will be a reciprocal com. 
munication of their gifts, Phil. iv. 15, (7.) Ministers may alternate- 
ly are sent out to preach the gospel to them who are destitute. Gal. ii 
9. (8.) A large party may draw off from the church by means of an 
intruding minister, or otherwise, and the aggrieved may have no way 
of obtaining redress, but from the association. (9.) A church may 
become heretical, with which its godly members can no longer com-' 
municate ; yet oannol obtain any relief but by the association. (10.) 
Contentions may arise between sister churches which the association 
is most likely to remove. (11.) The churches may have candidates 
for the ministry properly tried by the association. These and other 
advantages arising from an association, must induce every godly 
church to desire union with such a body. But should any stand 
off, it would argue much self-sufficiency, and little or no desire after 
the unity of the Spirit, or mutual edification. 



-W I 



MINUTES 

l OF THE 

FOURTEENTH ANinvBRSART 

OF THE 

GREEN RIVER 

&NITBD BAPTIST ASSOOiaTiOH. 

Held with the Eock Spring Church, 

RUTHERFORD COUNT?, HOETH CAROLINA, 
SEPT. 29th, 1854, AND DAYS FOLLOWING. 



J 



• FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29tii, 1854. 

The Introductory Sermon was delivered by Elder L. MeCur- 
ry, at the request of the Clerk, from 1st Corinthians, I2fh ch. 
27th«v: the brother and alternate appointed failing, in conse^ 
quence of affliction aTid death. 

After 30 irnnut.es recess the delegates assembled at the Meet- 
ing House. The Clerk then addressed the brethren upon the 
peculiar situation which we were in by the death of our Mod^ 
erator ; and upon motion, Elder L. McCurry was appointed 
Moderator, pro. tern., to organize the Association. 

1st. Read letters from the churches, and minuted their standi 

2d. On motion, extended an J agitation for Churches to join 
us, and Zion Hill, a newly constituted, presented a letter and 
■ their Constitution, asking admission into our body ; and upon 
• examination were found orthodox, and unanimously received, 
and their delegates were given the right hand of fellowship by 
the Moderator. Mount Lebanon presented their letter by their 
delegates, with their constitution, praying admissian into our 
body ; and alter a full examination they were found sound in 
the faith, and cordially received, and the hand of fellowship 
extended by the Moderator. 

3d. Then, o'n motion, proceeded to elect brother C. J. Webb, 
Moderator, and Elder Bailey Bruce, Clerk. 



4th. On motion, the Committee appointed at the last session 
to look into the situation of the Ebenezer church, reported as 
follows, and were discharged : 

bctober 28. 1853. 

Pursuant to an act of Green River x\ssocation, the following 
brethren appointed by the Green River Association to examine 
the Ebenezer case, met at Ebenezer, viz : Elders J M Webb, 
L McCurry and B Bruce, and brethren John Berge, T Davis, 
W Fortune, R Whitesides and D Walker. 

On motion, J M Webb was called to the chair, and L Mc- 
Curry appointed Secretary. 

On motion, Elder J M Webb delivered a sermon from the 5th 
chapter of Gallations 7tb verse. The chair then called upon 
the parties to know whether they were ready for trial ; where- 
upon the minority answered in the affirmative. 

After some consultation, on motion, the Church Book was 
called for and the names of the members called ; whereupon 
87 members answered. The case of the committees acting was 
was taken up, whereupon twentysthree voted in the affirmative, 
and fifty-six in the negative. • 

On motion, the names of the minority be recorded in these 
proceedings, viz : Leonard Deck, John Freeman, A P Holli- 
field. J W Mode, Noah Hollifield, Jackson Blanton, L L Deck. 
W A Wilson, Thomas Bland, James Rollins, James G Freeman, 
Drucilla D^clf. Sahah E Wilson, Melinda Blanton, LM Melton, 
Emsey Hollifield, E D Hollifield. E N Rollins, Anner Rollins, 
R E Rollins, N E Blanton, M A Bland, Charlott Dycus, Martha 
Hardin, E D Hollifield and Lucinda Fortune. 

On motion, the minority presented their complaints : 

Charge 1st — against Aaron BiggerstafT for contempt to their 
Pastor, B E Rollins. 2d. For excluding bro Jackson Blanton 
for Joining the Sons of Temperance, without cherging him as 
is usual in Baptist churches. 3d. Against Aaron BiggerstafT, 
for denying a charge made by him upon bro Rollins. 4th. For 
turning out L L Deck for being a Son, as they had received him 
as a Son. 

Upon reading of the complaints, one of the majority moved to 
reconsider. The question being put 35 voted in the affirmative, 
and 27 in the negative. The question being put whether the 
committee investigate the whole subject, 27 voted in the affir- 
maiive and 17 in the negative. 

On motion, the evidence w r as adduced, the committee retired, 
and after a few minutes, agreed that the church ought to give 
satisfaction to bro B E Rollins, by requiring bro BiggerstafT to 



3 

make an acknowledgment, and that they restore the minority, 
with the two Sons, to fellowship. The report of the committee 
being read to the church, the question was put, whether she 
would take the advice or not, when 35 voted in the negative 
and 16 in the affirmative. The committee then asked the 
course which the agrieved would pursue; whereupon ihey said 
they would take letters to join other churches, which the com- 
mittee gave in behalf of the Association. 
L. McCurry, Sec'y. J. M. WEBB, Ch'n. 

5th. The Clerk presented a letter from bro. John Davis, sta- 
ting that he had formerly belonged to Wall's church, but by 
them had been excluded, and that be prayed the Association 
to look into his situation and redress his grievance. 

On motion, agree to appoint a committee of seven to look 
into the matter. The committee, consisting of brethren W. 
Fortune, T. Davis, L. McCurry, B. E. Rollins, W. Goode, J. M. 
Allen and B. Bruce, to meet at Wall's, on Friday before the 5th 
Sabbath in January, 1855. 

6th. Brother Benj Jenkins presented a letter from the Ebe- 
nezer church, in which the church justifies herself to some ex- 
tent, and recommending some delegates to be received into this 
Asseciation. Alter considerable discussion it was unanimous** 
Jy agreed that this Association could not recognise the Ebenezer 
as an orderly church, without they recanted and took the advice 
of the Asseciation through the committee; and the letter and 
delegates were unanimously rejected. 

7th. On motion, adjourned till nine o'clock, A. M., tomorrow. 
Elder A. Padgett led in prayer. 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30. 

The Association met according to appointment. Prayer by 
Elder B. Bruce. 

1st. Called the Roll. 

2d. The Committee of Arrangements reported and were dis^ 
charged. 

3d. Read Rules of Decorum, and minutes of yesterday. 

4th. Called for correspondence, and received of the Catawba 
Association a Letter and package of Minutes, by the hands of 
Elder R. II. Moody. From Tiger River Association, a Letter 
by the hands of Elder A. Paggett ; no Minutes or messengers 
presented. From the Salem, a letter by the hands of brothers 
T. Bradley and Win. Morrison. All of whom were cordially 
received. 

Au invitation was extended for Ministering brethren to take 






.seats with us. Elder John Jones of King's Mountain Associa- 
tion being present objected to sitteng with us in consequence of 
some expressions made by Elder L. McCurry, in which he 
thought that bro. McCurry held him in disorder for preaching 
to Ehenezer church; and bro. Jones further stated that he did 
preach to Ehenezer, but not till after a Committee of brethren 
from churches of this Association, and bis Association (King's 
Mountain.) met at Ebenezer and advised that church ; which 
proceedings he said he did not recollect, but it was said by oth- 
er brethren present that the whole recorded facts were here. — 
Then, upon motion, agreed that, the Moderator appoint a Com- 
mittee of three to look into the whole matter and report on 
Monday. The Moderator appointed Eiders B. Bruce, William 
Harrii and L. McCurry. Elder C. B. Mingus, of Tuckaseege 
Association, kindly took his seat. 

5ih. The Moderator appointed the following Committees : 

On Finance— Bro's G. M. Webb, J. W. Morgan and W. For- 
tune. On Union Meetings — Bro's L. Deck, J. Berge and B. 
Ledbetter. On Periodicals — Bro's L. McCurry, B. E. Rollins 
and Thos Egertbn. On Sabbath Schools — Bro's J. U. White- 
sides, M. Koon and D. D. Allen. On Temperance — Bro's T* 
Davis, A. Padgett and J Berge. 

6th. On motion, the Modorator appointed «bro. T. Davis to 
write to the Tiger River Association, — C. Wilson, himself, and 
Elders A. Padgett, L. McCurry, B. Bruce, and bro. C.J. Webb, 
messengers. 

Brother W. Fortune to write to the Salem Association — El- 
ders J- Wilkey and B. Bruc?, and brothers E. K. Bianton, E. 
Holifield, M. Koon, J. Morriss and H. Gilliam, messengers. 

Elder L. McCurry to write to the Catawba River Associa^ 
tion — Elders L. McCurry and B. Bruce, messengers. 

Brother J. W. Green to write to the Broad River Association; 
Elders L. McCurry, B. Bruce, Brothers C. J. Webb, D. P. Gold, 
E. K. Bianton, Elder B. E. Rollins, messengers. 

On motion, the Moderator was appointed to write to the 
King's Mountain Association ; himself and Brothers B. R. Dog- 
gett, G. M. Webb, E. HollihVld, W. S. Hill, Eiders L. McCurry, 
B. Bruce and B. E. Rollins, messengers. 

7th. On motion Elders A. Padget, L. McCurry, Wm. Har- 
rii were appointed a committee to furnish a Circular letter. 

8th. Elected Elder J. C. Grayson to prepare a Circular let- 
ter for our next session, upon a subject of his choice. 

9th. The Financial Committee reported $23.26f- received 
of the churches, and were discharged. 



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10th. Elected B. Bruce to preach a Sermon, introductory to 
our next session, and Elder L. McCurry his alternate. 

10th. Elected Elder L. MeCurry to preach on the subject 
of Missions, at the close of which a collection is to be taken, 
and Elder C B. Mingus to preach in the forenoon, and Elder 
R. H. Moody to preach in the afternoon. 

11th. Called for Reports of Committees. 

The Committee on Union Meetings reported as follows, and 
were discharged: For the first District, to be held with Con- 
cord church, to commence on Saturday before the third Lord's 
day in April, 1855. Elders A. Padgett, B. E. Rollins, L. Mc- 
Curry, B. Bruce to attend it. For the second District to he held 
with the Green's Creek Church, to commence on Saturday be- 
fore the first Lord's day in August, 1855. Elders A. Padgett, 
Wm. Hand, and J. Wiikey to attend it. For the third District, 
to be held with the Round Hill Church, to commence on Sat- 
urday before the first Lord's day in May, 1855. Elders L. Mc- 
Curry, R. H. Moody, B. E. Rollins, B. Bruce and J. C. Grayson 
to attend it. 

12th. On motion, adjourned to meet at 8 o'clock, Monday 
morning. Elder R. H. Moody prayed. 

LORD'S DAY, OCTOBER 1. 
The Stand was occupied by those appointed, who preached 
to a large and well ordered assembly, and from the apparent 
effect we hope the fruits of the day's labors will be realized in 
eternity. Collection for Missions #22.00. 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 2. 

Met according to adjournment. Elder L. McCurry prayed, 

1st. Called the Roll and read Minutes of Saturday. 

2d. Called for Reports of Committees. 

1st. The Committee on Periodicals reported, and was dis- 
charged. 2d. The Committee on Sabbath Schools reported 
and was discharged. 3d. The Committee on Temperance re- 
ported and was discharged, 4th. The committee appointed to 
prepare a letter to supply the place of one to have. been by our 
much esteemed and lamented brother J. M. Webb, submitted 
and read one wrote by him, for our first sessiovi, which was 
unanimously adopted and ordered to be printed, and the com- 
mittee discharged. 5th. The committee appointted to look into 
the difficulties brought to view, by Elder J. J. Jones in refusing 
to take a seat in this body, reported — which report was adopted 
and the committee discharged. 6th. The Book committee was 
called on to report, but in consequence of affliction they plead 



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for one more year to report, which was granted. 

3d. Upon motion, agreed to hold our next Session with the 
church "Head of 1st Broad," Rutherford county, N. C, 18 miles 
north-east of Rutherfordton, commencing on Friday before the 
first Lord's day, in October, 1855. 

4th. Read and adopted the corresponding letters. 

5th. Elected Elders L. McCurry. B. Bruce, and brothers C. 
J. Webb and T. Davis delegates to the Western Convention. 

6th. Called for Resolutions. 

1st. By Elder L. McCurry : Whereas, there were many mem- 
bers of Ebenezer church, that were willing to take the advice 
of the committee, and voted with the minority, yet being igno- 
rant of their duty; they wishing to be members of the Green 
River Association : 

Resolved, therefore, That we advise the church at Mount 
Lebanon to receive such members without letters, who are wil- 
ling to take the advice of the committee sent by the Association. 

2d. By the same: Resolved, That brother T. Davis and the 
Clerk prepare a suitable obituary to the memory of brother J. 
M. Webb,&c. 

3d. Resolved, That the Clerk superintend the printing and 
distribution of the Minutes, and receive 610 for his service. 

4th. Resolved, That the thanks of this Association are due, 
and are hereby tendered to the tent holders, and vicinity, for 
the hospitality extended towards this body. 

7th. Then, on motion, read and adopted the Minutes. 

8th. On motion adjourned to the time and place appointed. 
Elder B. Bruce prayed. 



B. BRUCE, Secretary. 



C. J. WEBB, Moderator. 



SI M F> O SI T S . 

The Committee appointed to look into the case, brought up 
by Eider J. J. Jones, of the King's Mountain Association, rela- 
tive to the standing of Ebenezer church, and those other church- 
es, who, at her request, met in Committee with her; who con-* 
sidered her standing and pronounced her in order, since the 
expression of the committee sent by your body, — made the 
folio wing report, viz: 

Upon an examination of a record kept b} r bro. J. W. Green, 
clerk of said church committee, we find that Concord and Wall 
churches, of the Green River Association — Bethel, Big Spring 
and Sandy Run, of the King's Mountain Association, were rep- 
resented in said committee, and we think acted badly toward 



the Green River Association, and Elder B. E. Rollins, a pious 
and useful young brother of our body, by assailing his veracity 
upon a mere vote of a body composed of only one side ; and 
then declaring thirty-five witnesses testified to it. We believe 
upon a fair examination,by your committee sent to the Ebenezer 
church, he was fully sustained ; and your committee further 
believe that Walls and Concord churches, in meeting with said 
Ebenezer church, acted contemptuously to their own Associa^ 
tion, who declared Ebenezer in disorder and sustained fully 
bro. Rollins and the agrieved minority. Also the churches 
from our sister, the King's Mountain Association, viz: Big 
Springs, Bethel and Sandy Run, acted equally contemptuously 
to our Association, by advising a church which belonged to our 
body, contrary to advice given by their own advising council, 
and that bro. J. J. Jones, a member of the King's Mountain 
Association, has endorsed this unprovoked and unheard of at- 
tack, by supplying said Ebenezer church, which he acknowl- 
edge he knew was held in disorder by this Association. Your 
committee are led to hope, that the brethren and churches act- 
ed more from misguided zeal, than to reproach the Association 
or Minister alluded to; and that upon reflection they will set 
all right, and give to this body, at her next session, satisfaction. 
If our sister, the King's Mountain Association, endorses such 
conduct in her ministers and churches toward us, as painful as 
it may' be, we fear a dissolution of our happy correspondence 
will follow. All of which is respectfully submitted. 

B. BRUCE, Chm/n. 



The committee on Periodicals submit the following, and beg 
to be discharged: That we highly recommend the Carolina 
Intelligencer, published by our esteemed brother A. J. Cansler, 
in the bounds of our Association, as a religious paper and tem*> 
perance advocate — and just such an one as we Baptists have 
needed in Western Carolina, as an expounder and defender of 
our religious tenets,for a long time. We desire its general cir^ 
culation, and would that every family within the bounds of our 
Association would take it, and not only take it but read it, as 
our ministers can through its columns keep the brethren in- 
formed of their appointments. The brethren can learn the ope- 
rations and spread of the gospel, and it is calculated to make 
divine impressions upon the young mind. We advise our breth- 
ren and ministers in particular to use every laudable means to 
increase its circulation, by acting as agents, and obtaining sub- 
scribers thereto. LEWIS McCURRY, Chm'n. 



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The committee on Sabbath Schools submit the following re** 
port, and beg to be discharged: We are happy to learn that 
many of our churches have organized Sabbath Schools since 
our last session, and have been happily engaged in training the 
rising race, in their various settlements, for future usefulness. 
But we are sorry that the churches have failed to send up the 
number of scholars and teachers, on their letters. We would 
earnestly beg of them to continue their efforts to organize and 
increase the interest of these delightful Institutions, and send 
up the number of Schools, Teachers and Scholars to our next 
Session. We hope to see an account on every letter, next year, 
of one School at least, in every church. All of which is re- 
spectfully submitted. J. U. WHITESIDES, Chm'n. 



The committee on Temperance make the following report, 
viz: That we recommend the adoption of the resolution of- 
fered by brother D. S. McCurry, and amended by brother J. M. 
Webb, at the Session of 1852, and advise the churches to carry 
out the principles therein contained, viz: 

"Resolved, That we believe the making, vending and using 
ardent spirits, as a common beverage, to be, whenever and 
wherever practiced, a great evil, as well as prejudicial to the 
christian name: we therefore recommend and advise its dis- 
continuance, for the promotion of truth, and the advancement 
and prosperity of our people, and society generally," 

T. DAVIS, Chm'n. 



CiRCUIailli LETTER. 



The Green River Baptist Association, to the Churches in Union, 

Greeting : 

Dear Brethren : — We send you this Epistle of Love, under 
the direction of the late Convention, wriiten upon the subject of 'The 
office work of the Holy Spirit iu man's redemption, and value of im* 
mortal Souls.' 

And in reviewing the high interest involved in the discussion of these 
two great subjects, and the extensive character of the doctrines and dffi- 
cullies contained in them, we are aware, that in a short Letter, we shall 
not be able to do our feelings, nor the pending questions, 'that justice 
which their importance, really demands at our hands. In view of this 
circumstance, our uneasiness is much increased, when we remember 
the efforts that many persons, (who style themselves preachers of the 
Gospel,) are at this time making, under the color of Christianity, to de- 
stroy and bring into disrepute, those living beauties that tends so much 
to irradiate and adorn our much loved and favored system of divinity, 



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by denying the agency of the Holy Spirit, in the salvation oflost sinners, 
Notwithstanding these facts, however ; we proceed to lay before you, 
such views and arguments relating to the subjects before us, as our 
limits will justify. And in doing this, we premise that the term 'Office,' 
is so well understood in this enlightened day, that it will need but little 
explanation, other, than to state, that it implies an appointment or agree- 
ment in the character o{ some suitable personage, in any system of 
Government, to fulfil and perform certain acts and duties, which are 
necessary to be performed in the accomplishment of the objects for which 
the Government was organized. The objects ior which the economy 
o f divine grace were established, are proven to be the glory of God, and 
the redemption or salvation oflost sinners. The great personages en- 
gaged to carry out these important objects, are the Father, Son and Ho- 
]y Spirit : each of whom covenanted to perform a distinguished part in 
ihe consumation of the great design under consideration.; and which, 
according to our understanding of the use of language, we call their 
office work, and so we shall regard it in the further investigation of the 
premises. 

For want of limits, we pass over unnoticed, the parts performed by 
the two first persons named in the covenant, and confine ourselves solely 
to the one assigned ihe Holy Spirit, according to the resolution of the 
Convention. In the first place, then, it is the work of the Spirit to give 
life to the souls ofmen. For when man disobeyed, he incurred the dis- 
pleasure of his God — became under the influence of spiritual death — 
lost that living communion that had existed between him and his Cre* 
ator, is said to lie since that time, hurried in the grave of transgression 
— surrounded by the rottenness of decayed affections, and enshrouded in 
sin, sorrow and pain ; and in this condition, pressing on with rapid haste, 
to that world of misery, that is called the second death ; to be over- 
whelmed in gloom, misery and anguish, from whence there is no re- 
demption. This dread representation of his condition is well sustained 
by the word of truth ; and by that word it is as fully proven, that the 
Office Work of the Holy Spirit is to redeem his soul from this dreadful 
scene of anguish and death, and reinstate it into a state of life and felic- 
ity. And although there are some pretending divines, who are going 
about through the world endeavoring to inculcate doctrines; that deny the 
agency of the Spirit, in bringing the souls of men from death, to a state 
of life; they are only fulfilling the predictions of Revelaiion. for it was 
foretold that such should arise under the sanctified name of Christianity, 
who would keep up the foim of godliness, while they would deny its 
power; and that through their artful insinuations, they would mislead 
the weak and unweary, to the prejudice of the Christan cause. St. 
Jude fitly calls (hem filthy dreamers, spots in our feasts, clouds without 
water, carried about with winds, trees without fruit, raging waves of the 
sea, and wandering stars.* As an evidence of the correctness of the 
foregoing views, we here introduce a few proofs from the Volume of 

°See the Epistle of Jude. 






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Life. And you, said the inspired Apostle, has he quickened,?who were 
dead in trespasses and in sins, Eph. 2. & } — again Coll. 1 & 13. — 
And you being dead in your sins, hath he qnickened; and in John 5 & 
20, it is declared, that those that believe, have passed from death unto 
life The question here is, Who is it that is refered to as the personal 
pronoun? He, that is represented as giving life to the dead, for to 
quicken, all agree, is to make alive (hat which, itself, has no life. — 
This is explained, and the person referred to, proven to be the Holy 
Spirit, by the language of the Saviour himself, who says, John 6 & 63, 
It is the Spirit that qickeneth ; the flesh profitelh nothing, — the 
words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life. And 
again Paul says, 2d Cor. 4 & 6, who also has made us able Ministers 
of the New Testament, not of the Letter, but of the Spirit ; for the 
Letter killeth,but the Spirit giveth lite, which shows most unequivocally, 
that the word alone cannot produce life ; and to this end, says the Sa- 
viour to Nicodemus, John 3 & 3, 'Verily, verily, except a man be born 
again, he cannot see the Kingdom of Heaven." Nicodemus marvelled, 
and enquired, How born? The Saviour does not tell the enquiring ru- 
ler; that to be able to see the Kingdom of God, a man must be born of the 
word, nor of water -alone, nor of the flesh, but informs him. that except 
a man be born of the Spirit, he can not see the Kingdom of Heaven. 
For says he, that which is born of the flesh, is flesh, and that which is born 
of the Spirit is Spirit ; and alter giving a comparison of the wind, so says 
he, is every one that is born of the Spirit. We ask, what stronger language 
could be used to express any truth, than is here given to establish theOffice 
Work ol theSpirit.in giving life to the soul; and how dare any,1n view of all 
these fact's, with many others which we might add, if our limits would per- 
mit. & with which theScriptures pre-eminently abound, deny its influence, 
and teach doctrines so averse to the plain interpretation & meaning ol the 
Scriptures? and how can an intelligent people believe a doctrine so false 
as that which contradicts the plainest language of Holy Writ? Surely 
there is not one can do so, unless their understandings are darkened by 
the force of corruption, and their eyes blinded by the God of this world, 
according to the saying of the Apostles. But 2dly, 

The Office Work of the Spirit does not stop here, for. a man might 
have life, and yet be in a lost situation; without knowing where or what 
he was, or the way that leads from earth to heaven ; and life in (his case, 
would much increase his present agony of mind ; for in truth, when the 
soul begins to live, it discovers and feels its lost condition, and need 
of direction; (or it both hungers and thirsts after a righteousness 
which it knows not where to find. This is shown by the general gloom 
that pervades the soul under the first inrpulses of life ; when it feels the 
tormenting influences of sin, and would flee, but knows not where to 
flee, or what to do, to evade the raging flame that burns within! While 
in this extremity, it is made the Office Work of the Spirit in the cove- 
nant of ^race, to direct the enquiring soul into the way of righteousness. 
For say.^ the Saviour, when He, the Spirit of Truth is come, he shall 
guide you into all truth. Thus it is shown, that by the guidance of the 






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Spirit of Life, man's soul is directed in its onward march to glory, and 
that without its influence, none could find and keep in the straight and 
narrow way that leads the pilgrim traveler to the abodes of the blesi-" 
ed! AndSdly, 

But if the work of the Spirit should end here, even then the Chris- 
tian would feel himself in a wretched condition ; tor there are so many 
surrounding causes to produce uneasiness and sorrow — such a conflict 
in his own wretched heart — so many doubts and fears to distract his 
mind, and temptations to mislead him — so many fiery trials and perils 
to endure, and thorny paths of lonesome solicitude to pass ovei, that 
without a companion and comforter, his spirit would die within him, 
and he would become discouraged — give up his hope, and sink beneath 
the weighty load of his Christian warfare. But thanks be to God amid 
this burthen of sorrow ; the Holy Spirit officiates and distils into his 
heart, the sweet balm of consolation which elates his soul — drives off 
his fears — dispels the gloom and communes in love with his drooping 
graces — irradiates his feelings — produces joy and gladness in the midst 
of adversity, and gives him courage and strength to continue his journey 
to his home of peace. For says the Saviour, speaking of the Holy 
Spirit, "If I go away, I will send the comforter — my peace I give unto 
you, my peace I leave with you — in the world you shall have tribulation, 
but in me ye shall have peace." And what Christian is there that 
does not remember the many sweet emotions of love, peace and joy, 
that has been enkindled in his bosom! and like the silent dew of the 
sweetest morning, distilled into his heart by the operations of this divine 
influence; — and how very comfortless must be that soul, who know 
•nothing of its living charms, and how much to be pitied, are those mis* 
guided souls, who deny its life-giving, peaee^making, and consoling 
influence upon the Christians heart? Even in the worst conditio?) in 
which the humble followers of Jesus have been found in sickness and 
death, this blessed comforter has shed his odors around the soul, to 
sweeten life, and give joy in the midst of sorro v ; for the fruit of the 
spirit is peace, joy, gentleness, &c. &c. And 4lhly, 

It is the Office Work of the Spirit to give the returning sinner and. 
christian, an evidence of his acceptance with God, and of his right to 
the promised inheritance in glory, and seal him an heir of the purchased 
possession ; for there is nothing else upon which man can depend* and 
risk his eternal all ; but the witness that is within his own bosom, 
without which, ail prospect and hope is at attend, and all systems of 
divinity worthless and false. — The scriptures may describe the beau- 
ties of Heaven and horrows of Hell, the flames of sulpberous fire, or 
the roses of Paradise- — they may toil of the groans of the lost, crying 
woe! woe!? or the songs of the blessed, when kneeling upon the burn- 
ing throne in the radiance of Heaven, enshrouded in the vestments of 
ineffible glory and immortal brilliancy. Thousands of men may add 
their testimony — Preachers may preach, Christians may pi ay— Mothers 
and Fathers and friends may weep, beseech, cry, and warn — the soul 
heeds it not — believes it not, until the Spirit interposes his official ex. 



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cellency, and bears witness with our Spirits, that we are the children, 
and if children, then heirs, &c. Then and not till then, we feel the 
force of truth, and that truth is made so plain, that a thousand witness- 
es testifying against us could not make us disbelieve; for it makes 
known to us the living beauties of Heaven, and gives us to see by faith, 
that our names are enrolled in the Lamb's Book of Life, and we entitled, 
through covenant mercies, to the riches of an immortal and unfading 
Paradise? Behold, then, how much depends of weal or woe to man, 
upon the blessings given by the agency of the Spirit in man's redemp* 
tion? We might add here, in furtherance of this subject, that it is the 
Office Work of the Spirit, to reprove the world of sin, of righteousness 
and ofjudgemen } , and enlarge upon its benefits; but our limits forbid, 
and we can only offer a few other considerations in conclusion of this 
branch of our subject; and in doing this we remark 1st, that to com- 
mun'cate the blessings above set forth, to the heaits of the children of 
men, it was necessary that a channel should be opened, through which 
this living principle of love might flow from Heaven to earth, and by its 
means, be conveyed to a dying world. This was effected through the 
atonement ol Christ ; for it was necessary that the offended Majesty of 
heaven should be appeased, and satisfaction rendered to the law of God» 
for the deeds of wrong that man had done, without which no man could 
be saved, for it was as necessary that this part ot the covenant be ful- 
filled as the other. This atonement would have availed nothing, with* 
out the sanctifying influence of the Holy Spirit, whose office it was, to 
sanctify the offering or sacrifice in the character of the suffering hu- 
manity of our dying Redeemer, who, through the eternal Spirit, offered 
himself without spot to God, Heb. 9 & 14. Thus it is seen that the 
Holy Spirit, in this great transaction, is represented as the altar upon 
which the sacrifice was offered, and which gave it its fitness for accep. 
tance, and without which, it never could have effected the object de* 
signed, for it is the alter that sanctityeth the gift. 

Again, it is not only represented in the word of God, to be the Office 
Work of the Spirit, to give a sanctifying influence to the offering in the 
death of Christ; but its powerful influence is shown forth in its native 
loveliness and beauty, in giving life to the word, through the administra- 
tion of the means of grace. And notwithstanding some deny its aid, in 
the preaching of the everlasting gospel of the Son of God, yet every 
preacher, who has been called of God, as was Aaron, knows well, that 
without its assistance, his preaching is like idle tales, of the most un- 
savory character ; affording neither satisfaction to himself, nor food nor 
comfort to the flock which he has been appointed to feed. And we con- 
fess that we are much astonished, that any should believe the idle de-» 
clarations of such misguided zealots, who pretend, that because they 
have never known the Spirits influence, in the preaching of the word, 
therefore none others have, especially, when this assertion is made, in 
opposition to the experience and professions of the besc men of different 
denominations in all ages, and directly contrary to the word of God.— 



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In the first place consider the host of divines,- who have declared in all 
circumstances, that they have been often assisted by the Spirit's divine 
direction, and who have even sealed the truth of their declarations with 
their blood. Contemplate the number of great and good men that are 
now living, who profess and declare that without its aid they cannot 
preach — hear them upon their bended knees in prayer before the throne 
of their eternal Redeemer, imploring his merciful aid, and acknowledg- 
ing their dependence upon him tor success — and then say who are most 
likely to be mistaken, those who confess that they are ignorant of its 
immortal blessings, or this host of great men who declare from experi- 
ence, that they have felt and known its power. And 2ndly in support 
of their professions hear what the word of Inspiration, says, Isaah 61 &; 
1, & 2. The Spirit of the Lord God, is upon me because he has anoint- 
ed me to preach good tidings unto the meek, &c, John 14 & 26 but the 
comforter which is the holy Spirit which the Father shall send in my 
name, he shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remem> 
berance &c, same book, howbeit when he, the spirit of trulh is come, he 
will guide you into all truth ; verse 16, he shall glorify me, for he shall 
receive of mine and show it unto you. 

Acts, 2 & 4, and they were all filled with the holy ghost and began to 
speak as the Spirit gave them utterance. — There are diversites of gifts 
but all by the same spirit &c. — We deem it unnecessary to multiply 
proofs from this, and many other texts in the Scripture^ii is made plain 
that unless the holy Spirit, does attend and give life to the word, the min- 
isters labor is in vain ; and those who deny its aid, show by this very 
fact, that they have neither part nor lot in this matter, for Paul may 
plant and ApoiJos water but God must give the increase. We might 
follow up this view, and strengthen it sevenfold, but our limits forbid it. 
We conclude this part of our subject, dear brethren, by asking you 
to review the great blessings that accrue to the childrren of men, by the 
influence of the Spirit of life upon their hearts ; for we have shown that 
it raises the soul from death to life — reproves the world of sin of right- 
eousness and judgement — guides the pilgrim traveller from his lost estate 
to his home of rest — comforts and consoles the sorrowful mourner — in- 
stils into the soul that living peace that creates joy inexpressible and 
full of glory — gives the child oi God an evidence of his acceptance with 
the father — bears witness with the spirit of the believer, that he is u 
child, an heir — soothes the distressed in a dying hour — attunes the song 
in the moment of death, into a heavenly shout of Oh death ! where is 
thy sting? Oh grave where is thy victory? and translates the soul to 
the abodes of joy and lelicity ! Oh, brethren, if all these blessings de- 
pend ou the Office Work of the Spirit, how much engaged we ought to 
be at a throne of grace, imploring that spiritual aid so essential to our 
immortal welfare. 

The second part of our subject, requires us to consider the worth of 
Immortal souls. In approaching this division, we find ourselves lost 
and confounded, for want ot something to represent its value ; for it is 



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by comparing one valuable material with another, as gold, silver, gems, 
pearls, lands, or other estate that we fix worth upon any object whatev- 
er. And could wo estimate the value of all the gold, silver, precious 
stones, pearls, gems, estates, kingdoms, wealth or riches, that has, is, 
and will appertain to the present world, it would fall far short of reach- 
ing the worth of an fMMORTAL Soul! For they must all decay and 
come to nothing, while the souls of men will have no end to their exist. 
ence ; for says the Saviour, in proof of this position, what would it pro- 
tit a man, il he was to gain the whole world, and lose his soul? In 
view of these facts, we cannot establish the worth ot souls, for want of 
a comparison ; yet we may form some idea of its value, by placing an 
estimate upon the effort that has been made for its salvation, connected 
with other circumstances attending upon its destiny. And in directing 
your attention to these evidences, we ask you to take a view around and 
through the world — look up to Heaven and down to Hell, that you may 
be able to place a higher estimate upon the salvation ol lost sinners ! 

First, look up to the immortal climes of unfading and unceasing feli- 
city, where the Son of God, in his full-orbed glory, was shining amidst 
the angels, and archangels, where cherubims and seraphims, stooped 
on their mighty wing, to offer praise to Him, who was, who is, and is 
to come, but who needed not the worship of angels, to add any thing to 
his honor and glory, amid the heavenly world, all is peace, all is glory. 
Look again, see the majesty of Heaven, quit the realms of endless day, 
descend on wings of pitying mercies down to earth, clothe himself in 
flesh and blood, and make bis appearance in the humble attitude of the 
babe of Bethlehem ! Iu this low estate, he lies dependent on the char- 
ities of the world, while angels follow him down the lofty way, to bear 
the news to men ; follow him through this world ; a man of sorrow and 
acquainted with grief, in form of a servant of no reputation, without a 
home — see him labor, hear him plead in persen with poor sinners — view 
him in the garden just before he suffered, on the cold ground in prayer 
to God, he kneels, while in agony he sweats under a weighty load ; 
hear his wailing cry, his moan, his groan while in pain : he hangs and 
bleeds and dies, amid this scene of suffering all nature quakes; dark- 
ness shades the land and sea, rocks rend, and general gloom veils the 
face of day. Ask then, yourselves, why all this pain, why this mighty 
change, and why this great commotion ? The answer is, the worth 
of man's soul is so great, that it required all this, and more, as an offer- 
ing for its redemption. But see the labors of the Christian world ; 
hundreds of men leaving their homes and travelling in sorrow, as stran- 
gers in desert countries ; ten thousand christians, and more, daily upon 
their knees in humble attitude, and tender accents, beseeching God to 
save the souls of men ; hear their cries, and mark their sorrows in con- 
sequence of man's lost estate. See the tears oHhousands and millions 
daily flowing from eyes suffused, and moved by hearts over-burdened 
with grief, because sinners will not believe ! Then ask yourselves, 
why all this effort ? and you are toldjhat all is done to save the souls of 



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men! Of how much worth, then, must they be, when so many Chris, 
tians manifest such uneasiness about them 1 Look down to Hell, and 
bear the poor rich man cry in pain ; see him raise his imploring eyes 
to heaven, where he sees Lazarus in the bosom of Abraham ; hear him 
in anguish, plead for one drop of water to ease his pain amid the mighty 
flame that burned his soul in death ; hear him when hope is gone, as 
to his own case, pray father Abraham, to send Lazarus to his living 
brethren, that they might be warned from an enterance into that state 
of gloom ! O ! look and see how long in this slate of death, he must 
endure the worm that never dies, hear his lamentafions — woe ! woe ! • 
woe am I that ever I was born ; hope is gone, joy is gone, peace is 
gone, allis gone that makes life desirable, and in sulpherous fire he 
burns, and must burn on ! Look on throughout the millions of years, 
and yet in pain, he cries ; and then, O then ask yourselves, What is 
the worth of Immortal Souls ? Let your views return to Time — see 
a lost sinner repent, believe, and turn to God ; what joy elates his soul, 
how pleased are all the church, the song begins below, it stops not 
there ; the news is carried to the regions of glory, the happy world echo 
the songs through realms of ineffable light ! For, souls are of so much 
value, that there is joy in Heaven over one sinner ihat repenteth ! But, 
see a Christian die ! how sweet the moments oi their departure. They 
quit the shores of Time — go home to the land of the blessed, to receive 
the reward of their humble labors, and to be crowned with crowns of 
living giory, to be forever free from pain, sorrow and death ; to engage 
in rapturous songs of delight, through the vast expanse of unending eter- 
nity ! Oh see the joys, and hear those sweet songs attuned in melody, 
while on eternal wings of pleasure, they fly around the throne of God 
and the Lamb forever ; and then say, what is the estimate we ought to 
place on Immortal Souls. So great are their worth, that three worlds 
seem to be interested in their salvation ; and yet, O my soul, art thou so 
little concerned about thy own eternal welfare, and yet poor sinners, 
unconscious, press on their way to death and misery ? 

We conclude this Letter dear brethren, by saying to you, that if souls 
are of so much value, how ought you to be engaged in prayer with your 
divine Redeemer, that success may attend the administration of his 
word, and poor sinners saved from the wrath to come ? for much of sue. 
cess in this holy cause depends upon the intercession of God's people. 
Therefore, we pray you, be faithful, live in love, and may the God of 
Peace grant you Heavenly aid, and bless you through time, and finally 
save you in glory is the prayer of yours in gospel bonds. 



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M IN.UTE S 

OF THE 

GREEN XLIVEK 

BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

Convened at Mountain Creek Meeting House, Ruth- 
erford Co., N. C. October 3d and 6th, 1856. 

The introductory sermon was delivered by Elder J. C. Gray- 
son, from 1st Peter, 5th ch. and 2nd v., Feed the flock of God, 
&c. 

After a recess the delegates assembled in the House, and 
after prayer by the former Moderator, Elder J. C. Grayson, pro- 
ceeded "to organize the Sixteenth Anniversary of the Green River 
Association. 

1. Read letters from 23 Churches, and minuted their stand- 
ing, the delegates from Mount Vernon Ch. having lost their 
letter were not enrolled. 

2. On motion elected Eld. J. C. Grayson Moderator, and Eld. 
B. Bruce Clerk. 

3. On motion the Moderator, and Clerk, and Elds. W. HarriU, 
H. Cttlbreath and Bro. Simeon McCurry, were appointed a 
committee to arrange the order of business, to whom all papers 
pertaining to the business of this body were referred. 

The Association adjourned till to-morrow morning 10 o'clock, 
prayer by Eld. D. Pannel. 

Saturday morning, Oct. 4th, 1856. — Association met, Eld. G. 
W. Rollins prayed, the committee of arrangements reported and 
were discharged. 

1. The Clerk called the roll. 

2. The committee appointed to revise the rules of order, re- 
ported, and was discharged, and the rules as amended were 
ordered to be published in the minutes. 

3. Read Association Covenant and Rules of order. 

4. Read and adopted the minutes ot Friday. 

5. On motion considered requests, first from Bethlehem church, 
for a letter to join the Salem Association with which we cor- 
respond. Their request was granted; second, from Packolet 
church, asking advice of this body with, regard to affiliation 
with the Union, or Salem, with which we do not correspond. 
We refer them to our last year's minutes, and hope they will have 
no affiliation, direct nor indirect, till Union is fully made with 
us all as one; third, from a number of aggrieved brethren of 
Homony Grove church, asking this Association to send a com- 
mittee of brethren to labor with, and advise them in a difficulty 
likely to prove distressing to the church. 



On motion the request was granted, and the delegates from 
Homony Grove church, jointly and amicably choose the fol- 
lowing committee: Eld. B. Bruce, B. E. Rollins, I*. McCurry, 
and brethern S. McCurry, J. T. Price, Davis Morgan and W. W. 
Green, three of whom are to form a quorum to act. The time 
agreed on to meet at Komony Grove, was Friday before the 3d 
Sabbath in November next, all of which was unanimously 
agreed to. 

The Concord church requested a letter to join King's Moun- 
tain Association, which was granted; fifth, from Green's Creek 
church, asking this body to convene with her next year, which 
was granted. 

6. On motion received Elds. G. W. Rollins, and D. Pannel 
messenger's from King's Mountain Association, no letter or 
minutes. 

7. The Moderator appointed the following committees. Oil 
Finance, B. E. Rollins, W. HarrUl, and Bro. A. O. Lynch; to 
write to corresponding bodies, brethren R. J. Williams and J. 
G. Fortune, 

8. Inasmuch as the brethren cannot find their letter; On mo- 
tion, unanimously agree to suspend the rules, and receive the 
delegates from the Mount Vernon church, which was done and 
their standing minuted. 

9. Appointed the following messengers to corresponding Sis- 
ter Associations: to the Catawba River, brethren A. H. Simons 
and B. R. Doggett; to Kings Mountain, Elds. A. Paggett, B. E. 
Rollins, and brethren J. H. Yarborough, D. P. Gold'and W. W. 
Green; to the Salem, Elds. J. Wilkey, W. Harrill, and bro. B. 
R. Doggett; to the Broad River, Eld. B. Bruce, and brethren D. 
Feagons and T. C, Page. 

10. On motion proceeded to elect a Minister to preach a Mis- 
sionary sermon on to-morrow, and also two others to occupy the 
stand, the election resulted in the choice of Eld B. Bruce, to 
preach the Missionary sermon, and Eld, J. C. Grayson, to preach 
in the forenoon, and Eld G. W. Rollins of Kings Mountain, in 
the afternoon. At the close of a missionary sermon, agreed to 
take a collection for missionary purposes. 

] I.. Elected Eld. J. C. Grayson to prepare a circular letter for 
next year, and choose the subject. 

12. Elected Eld. B. E Rollins to preach the introductory ser- 
mon next year, Eld. B. Bruce his alternate. 

13. The committee on Finance reported $21,00, sent for 
printing minutes, and were discharged. 

14. Called for resolutions. Bro. S. McCurry offered the fol- 
lowing which was unanimously adopted: 

Whereas we learn with regret that our highly esteemed bro- 
ther, Eld. Baily Bruce, expects to move West. 

Therefore Resolved, That we feel under obligation to return 
him our sincere thanks for his able and faithful labors among us 



3 

for many years, and take great pleasure in recommending him 
as an efficient, faithful, Baptist Minister of the New Testament, 
to those among whom it may please God to cast his lot. 

Brother J. M. Allen, offered a resolution upon the subject of 
union with the Union Association, which was discussed at con- 
siderable length, when upon motion, it was laid on the table till 
Monday morning. 

The Association then adjourned to meet at 9 o'clock Monday 
morning. Eld. B. Bruce prayed. 

Services on the LorcVs Day — Eld. J. C. Grayson opened the 
services; text 1st. Kings, 10th ch. 6th and 7th vs., followed by 
Eld. B. Bruce, from Exodus 3rd ch. 2nd v. Missionary sermon, 
at the close of which collected $16,00 for Missionary purposes. 
Eld. G. W. Rollins preached from St. lohn 16th ch. 33 v. in 
the afternoon, the word was faithfully and feelingly preached, 
the congregation was large and well ordered, and from the 
manifest seriousness, we hope good will result from the labors 
of the day. 

Monday, Oct. 6th, !856.-—The Association met according to 
adjournment. Eld. Win. Harrill Prayed. The roll was called 
and then proceeded to 

1. Read the minutes of Saturday, and adopted them. 

2. On motion the resolution on union was. taken from the 
fable, when Eld. T. B. Justice, obtained leave, and rem arked 
that he had seen a resolution prepared by bro. Bruce, which was 
more comprehensive and explicit; he requested bro. Allen to 
withdraw his resolution, for the introduction of the other, which 
he did. 

The following was then offered by Eld. B. Bruce, accompa- 
nied with a few remarks, and was unanimously adopted. 

Whereas, there has existed serious difficulties between this 
and the Union Association, growing out of an unhappy divi- 
sion of this and the Salem Association, which resulted in the 
organization of the said Union Association. 

And Whereas, we see a proposition for a settlement in the 
Minutes of the Union Association, agreeing to refer the whole 
matter to disinterested brethren, chosen by each party, <fcc. 

Therefore Resolved, That We feel extremely desirous for an 
honorable, amicable settlement and union, with any and every 
Baptist, agreeing with us in doctrine, ordinances, and form of 
government, which we think we set forth in our last year's 
Minutes, in agreeing to a proposition made by our esteemed 
brethren of Sister Associations. 

Resolved further, That we are yet willing to refer the matter, 
asset forth in our last Minutes, either to those brethren chosen, 
or we will choose three, and they three, and those six choose 
a seventh, provided the whole be chosen from the Tiger River 
and Broad River Associations, and that said committee, if agreed 
£o by the Union,, meet at Henderson viile, N. CL on Friday before 



the first Sabbath in April, 1857. 

The Association unanimously selected, and requests, Elds. 
Wm. Curtis, M. E.Barnett and W. Hill, to act as their portion of 
said committee, provided the Union accedes to the proposition. 

The following resolution was offered by Bro. D. P. Gold, 
and unanimously adopted; 

Resolved, That we appoint Elds. J. C.Grayson, L. McCurry 
and B. Bruce, to represent us before the committee of referees, 
provided they meet as set forth in the foregoing resolutions. 

3. Received a letter form the Salem Association, by the hands 
of Eld. L. McCurry, no Messengers or Minutes. 

4. Called for the circular letter, Eld. L. McCurry informed 
the Association that his afflictions had prevented him from 
preparing one; when upon motion, he was excused, and the 
Clerk is directed to append in lieu thereof the Association Cov- 
enant and Benefits, &c. with the Rules of order. , 

5. Elected Elds. B. E. Rollins, J. C. Grayson and Wm. Har- 
rill, delegates to the Western Convention, and upon motion, the 
money was paid into Eld. J. C. Grayson's hands, with direc- 
tions lor it to be equally divided between Home and Foreign 
Missions. 

6. The committee on the Book Concern reported, and were 
discharged; the report is ordered to be published with these 
Minutes. 

7. Upon motion, Bro. Joseph W, Whiteside was appointed 
agent of the Book Concern, to receive the Books and money of 
the Executors, or agent, of Eld. J. M. Webb, deceased, our 
former agent; and to buy, sell, or employ Colportures or act 
as he thinks best, till our next meeting, when we shall expect 
him to report to the Association. 

8. The committee appointed to write corresponding letters 
reported, and were discharged. The letters were signed, and. 
handed to the messengers. 

9. On motion, agree to allow the Clerk $8,00 for his services; 
and direct him to superintend the printing and distributing the 
'Minutes, and have as many copies published as he can get for 
the $13,00 on hand. 

10. The following resolution was offered by Eld. L. McCurry, 
and unanimously adopted. 

Resolved, That the thanks of this body are due, and we 
hereby render to the citizens and brethren of this neighborhood, 
for the very kind and hospitable entertainment of its members 
during this session. 

11. Then read and adopted the Minutes of the day; and ad- 
journed to meet at Green's Creek Meeting House, Polk County, 
N. C, 11 rrjiles East of Columbus, on Friday belore the 1st 
Lord's Day m Oct., 1857. Eld. L. McCurry prayed. 

J. C. GRAYSON, Moderator, 
£ailey Bruce, Clerk. 



Beport on the Book Concern, 

Your Committee report that they have not been able to get a 
settlement with Gen. C. J. Webb, Executor of Eld. J. M. Webb, 
Agent of the Book Concern. 

At the last interview with him, he said (hey had no money 
then, but they would settle and pay us whatever was due us 
before the Association, but he has failed to do it. The under- 
standing now is, that Milton Webb, is acting as Executor, and 
C.J. Webb has resigned, or given up the business entirely.— 
On examining the books and papers we find that brother Webbs 
estate owes us about $80,00, nearly all of which was received 
by brother J. M. Webb. There is about $50,00 worth of books > % 
on hand which we think the Association ought to make some ' 
disposition of. All of which is respectfully submitted. 

J. C. GRAYSON, Chm'iu 



Association Covenant. 

Article 1. We believe in one only living and true God, and 
that there are three persons in the God-head, the Father, the 
Son, and the Holy Ghost, and these are one in substance, and 
equal in power and glory. 

2. We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments 
are the word of God, and the only rule of faith and practice. 

3. We believe in the doctnneof original sin, 

4. We believe in a man's impotency to recover himself from 
the fallen state he is m, by his own free will and ability. 

5. We believe that sinners are justified m the sight of God, 
only by the imputed righteousness ot Jesus Christ. 

6. We believe the saints shall persevere in grace, and that 
they never shall finally fall away. 

7. We believe that Baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordin- 
ances instituted by Christ, and that true believers are the only 
proper subjects thereof. 

8. We believe Immersion is the only scripture mode of Baptism. 

9. W r e believe that no person has a right to administer the 
ordinances, but such as are regularly called and qualified 
thereto. 

10. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, and a general 
judgment, that the punishment of the wicked shall be everlasting, 
and the joys of the righteous eternal. 

11. We, the members of the Green River Baptist Association, 
agreeing to the above Articles of Faith, do, for, and in behalf of 
the Churches which we represent, covenant, agree and give 
ourselves up to each other in church and christain fellowship, 
in order to keep up the unity of the spirit in the bonds of peace, 
pt$d to assist each other in all matters ofdi?tress, and to pray 



for each other's prosperity. 



Rules of Order as Amended. 

Rule 1 . Every meeting for business shall be opened and 
•close by prayer, either by the Moderator or some brother whom 
he shall appoint. 

2. Every speaker shall rise and address the Moderator on 
any subject to be discussed. 

3. No motion shall be debated unless seconded; no member 
shall speak more than twice on the same motion, without spe- 
cial leave of tne Association. 

4. The Moderator and Clerk shall be chosen by ballot. 

5. Every question shall be decided by the living voice, unless 
otherwise directed. 

6. During the hours of business all private conversation, walk- 
ing across or out of the house without permission of the Moder- 
ator first obtained, shall be deemed a breach of order. 

7. The names of members shall be called each day previous 
to proceeding to business. 

8. All resolutions shall be reduced to writing, signed by the 
mover, and handed to the Moderator, or Clerk, before debated. 

.9.. When a question is under debate, no motion shall be re~ 
ceived but to adjourn, to postpone indefinitely, to commit, to lay 
■on the cable, or to amend, which several motions shall have 
precedence in the order in which they are arranged. But no 
motion or proposition on a subject different from that under con- 
sideration shall be admitted under color of amendment,, 

1G- When a motion has been once made and carried in the 
affirmative, or negative, it shall be in order for any member who 
voted in the majority to move for reconsideration thereof on the 
same day. 

11. When the reading of a paper is called for, and is objected 
to by any member, it shall be determined by a vote of the Asso- 
ciation. 

12. No member shall absent himself in time of business, un- 
less he has leave, or is sick: and unable to attend. 

13. All questions except such as relate to the Constitution, 
shall be decided by a majority vote. 

14. Should the Moderator fail to enforce the foregoing regu- 
lations, he shall be regarded as untrue to his trust, and shall be 
liable to be reminded of his duty by any member present.. 



The ReiteHts Arising front an Association and 
Communion ©I* Church* 

1. By it the churches may have such doubts as arise among 
ithem, cleared, which will prevent disputes. 

2. They. will be furnished with salutary counsel' 



3. The Church will be more closely united in promoting tbe 
cause and interest of Christ. 

4. A member who is aggrieved through partiality or any 
other wrong, received from the church, may have an opportunity 
of applying for directions. 

5. A Godly and sound ministry will be encouraged, while a 
ministry that is unsound, and ungodly, will bediscountenanced. 

6. There will be a reciprocal communication of their gifts. 

7. Ministers may be alternately sent out to preach the gospel 
to them who are destitute. 

8. A large party may draw off from the church by means of 
an intruding minister, or otherwise, and theaggrieved mayhave 
no way of obtaining redress but by the Association. 

9. A church may become heretical, with which its godly 
members can no longer communicate, yet cannot obtain any 
relief but by the Association. 

10. Contentions may arise between sister churches which the 
Association is most likely to remove. 

11. Queries regularly sent up from the church will be an- 
swered if possible. 

12. The church may have candidates for the ministry properly 
tried by the Association. These and other advantages arising 
from an Association, must induce every godly church to desire 
union with such a body. But should any stand off, it would 
argue much self sufficiency, and little or no desire after the 
unity ot the spirit or mutual edification. 



Rutherford' County, N. C, Sept. 1 3, 1856. 

We, the regular Baptist of Christ at Mt. Pleasant Church, sendeth greeting to 
the Green River Baptist Association. 

Dear Brethren: As our annual meeting is drawing nigh— and as we wish to 
be represented in an associate capacity, have therefore delegated and sent our 
beloved brethren B. McMahan and W. S. Hill, to sit with you and aid you in 
council. May the great I Am preside over you and aid vou in all of your de- 
liberations. W.'S. HILL, Clerk. 

Baptised, 1; Received by letter, 1; Dismissed, 3; Restored. 0; Excluded, 0; 
Deceased, 0; Colored members. 4; Total. 41; Contributions, 75 cts. Supply. W. 
Harrill. P. 0. Webb's Ford. 



Ordained Ministers Raines and Addresses. 

J. C. Grayson, Dysartsville, McDowell County, N. C; L. McCurry. Polkville, 
Cleaveland Co.; B. Bruce, Grassy Knob, Rutherford Co.; B. E. Rollins,' 1st Broad, 
Rutherford Co.; W. Harrill, Webb's Ford, Rutherford Co.; H. Culbreath, Ruth- 
erfordton, Rutherford Co.; J. Wilkey. Rutherfordton, Rutherford Co.; A. Pag- 
gett, Sandy Plains, Polk Co. Licentiates: J. H. Yarborough, Grassv Knob, 
Rutherford Co.; B. R. Doggett, Buttler. Rutherford Co.; E. Phillips. Old Fort, 
McDowell Co. 



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NINETEENTH ANNIVERSARY 

OF THE 

GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 

CONVENED AT 

GREEK'S CEEEKM,fi, 

POLK COUNTY, N. C, 
Friday, Oct*,, 2— 5, 

18 57,' 



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Henderson utile, JV. C- 



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Friday J October 2nd, 1857. 

The Green Eiver Association convened this day, its seventeenth* 
anniversary, at Green's Creek Meeting House, Polk county, N. C. 

1st. The brother elected to preach the introductory sermon, as 
tveli as the alternate being absent; by appointment Eider L. McCur- 
ry preached from Nehemiah, S: 28. 

2nd. The delegates assembled in the Meeting House; the Mode- 
rator being absent, as well as the Clerk, Elder L. McCurry was 
appointed Moderator, and J. \V. Morgan, Clerk, protefi. Prayer 
by Elder L. McCurry. 

3rd. Letters were read from the Churches composing the Asso- 
ciation, excepting one, the names of the delegates enrolled, and the 
state of the churches minuted. 

4th. On motion, Silver Creek church, was received by letter and 
delegates. 

5th. Gave an opportunity for Churches to unite with this body, 
and received Columbus and Dysartsvilie, newly constituted. 

Oth. Elected Elder L. McCurry, Moderator, and Elder A. J. 
Cansler, Clerk. 

7th. Appointed Elder W. Karris', J. Wiikey,and bro. W. For 
tune, with the Moderator and Clerk, a committee of Arrangements. 

8th. Head Rules of Decorum. 

9th. Appointed J. M. Hamilton, J. U. Whitesides, and K. 0. 
Lcdbctter, a cruomhmc 

10th. Appointed J. W. Morgan, W. ff. Green, and S. McCurry, 
•a committee on Cm.:: 

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Saturday morning^ October 3M. 

Association met. grayer by Elder J. Evans. 

ftth. The report of the committee of Arrangements, read and 

adopted. 

Mth. Read and adopted the minutes of yesterday. 

15th. Invited ministers, not delegates nor messengers, to seats, 
when Elders L. M. Berry, and B, Page, accepted. 

16th. Appointed the following messengers to corresponding 
bodies, viz : 



ik, $. L. lay lor. 

iy, A. J. Cansler, J. Wit- 



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Calaivba River,— 




Sa/em,— Elder J. 


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3 flef, J. M; Hamilton, T. C. Page, 
Daniel Fegacs. 

17th. S^ppointe .1 11 I r A. J. Can ler", R. 0. Ledbetter, and J. 
W. Price, 'committee to draw up a report on the settlement made 
by the 'committee :■■' : "_ '."...: -rsonville, on the difliculties existing be- 
tween the Union and G: ■..-..: -. 

18th. Appointed one Union meeting, and that be held in the 
District where the Association will convene the following year; and 
that they select the place for the next session of this body—that 
each Church, in the District, be entitled to as many delegates, as 
they are encitled to in the Association. 

19th. Elected Elder Wit M. Berry, to preach a missionary ser- 
mon at 11 o'clock, on Sabbath, and ft at Elder L. McCurry preach 
at 10 o'clock; and Bidtv A. J. C : :,'3 o'clock. 

20th. Elected E ' o 1 A o write a circular letter lor 

the next year; and that his rlsfa'nq 2nd verses of 3rd 

chapter of 1st Corinthians. 

21st. Jpleeted Eider A. J Pansier to preach the introductory 
sermon next year; Eider B. E. Rollins, alternate. 

22nd. The report of the committee, sent to Harmony Grove, 
read and adopted. 

23rd. Read and adopted the report of bro. J. U. Whitesides, 
Agent oi the Book Concern. See Report- 

24th. A committee consisting of Elders L. McCurry, A. J. Cans- 
ler, J. M. Hamilton, W, Poster, and J. U. Whitesides, was ap- 
pointed to report a plan for the furtherance of the Book Concern, 



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25th. Took up, and answered the following Query from Green 
River church: — "Should members dismissed by letter, in the usual 
form, be marked dismissed on the church-boo^, until the letter is 
deposited in some other Church of our faith and order, or returned 
to the Chur h? 

Answer: — That we advise all of our Churches, whenever a let- 
ter is handed to the Church, and the member is received therein, 
that said Church instantly inform the Church that granted said 
letter; and that they then dismiss the member, and so let it appear 
on the record. 

That unless said information is given, that all the members will 
be retained in full fellowship in the Church that granted the letter. 
That we advise our Churches to ascertain from ail who obtain let- 
ters of dismission, whether they intend moving out of our bounds, 
if they do, they should be dismissed as formerly. That we call the 
attention of our con esponding bodies to this subject, so that we 
may have unity of action. 

26th. Query from Mt. Vernon: 

''If a member of the Church moves off without obtaining a letter 
of dismission, and remains so for two years, what course shall the 
Church pursue?" 

Answer: — Exclude him. 

27. That the next session of this body convene at Mt. Lebanon 
Meeting House, nine miles N. E. of Rutherfordton, in Rutherford, 
at the usual time. 

28th. Appointed W. Fortune, Richard Whitesides. and David 
Walker, a committee to re-district the Association. 

29th. The Financial committee reported $26 12 1-2 cents, for 
Minutes. 

30th. Took up a petition from sister Wenefred Mode, formerly 
of Head ot 1st Broad church, which set forth her aggrievances a- 
gainst said church, — for excluding her— which was laid on the table, 
after a full debate. 

31st. The committee appointed to re-district the, Association 
made the following report, viz : 

1st. District, — Head of 1st Broad, Mt. Zion, Mt. Lebanon, Cane 
Creek. Zion Hill, Dysartsviile, Harmony Grove, 
Round Hill.— 8. 

2nd. District,— Cool Spring, Shiloah, Pleasant Hill, Sulphur 
Spring, Mt. Pleasant, Green's Creek, Columbus, 
Mt. Yernon.— 8 



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3rd. District. — Silver Creek, Green Kiver, Cooper's Gap, Rock 
Spring, Bill's Creek, Montford's Cove, Mountain 
Creek, Bethel. — 8. 
32nd. The following resolution was unanimously adopted : 
"Resolved, That this Association will icttkqraw from any 
church that permits any member to distil, or retail spiriu u \tiquors" 
Prayer was offered by Elder J. W. Blylhe, and the Association 
adjourned to meet Monday morning, 9 o'clock. 



SABBATH 



Elder L. McCurry opened the services from Acta 24th chapter; 
25th verse; followed by Elder L. M. Berry, from Col. 3rd chapter, 
1st verse, Missionary sermon, after which a collection was taken up 
amounting to $17 43 cents. The exercises were closed by Elder 
A. J. Cansler, from Ezekiel, 37th chapter, 3rd verse. 



Monday morning, October 5 th* 1857. 

The Association met according to adjournment. Prayer by the 
Moderator. 

34th. Read and adopted the Minutes of Saturday. 

35th. The following report, in relation to the settlement of the 
difficulties between the Union and Green River Associations, was 
read and unanimously adopted, viz : 

In obedience to request of the Union and Green River Associa- 
tions, at their sessions of last year; the committee met at Hender- 
sonville, agreeable to request, on the 3rd day of April, last, and 
submitted the following basis for a settlement, viz : 

Report of Committee on Green Eiver and Union As- 
sociation's Difficulties. 

"The Committee of brethren appointed by the Green Eiver and Union 
Associations to take into consideration the difficulties subsisting between 
these bodies, met according to appointment; and after a patient examination 
of all the facts and circumstances involving in the premises, present the fol- 
lowing as their unanimous report. 

Before" proceeding to announce their decision as to matters referred to 
them, they cannot withhold the expression of their pleasure, and their de- 
vout gratitude to God, at the mark td christian courtesy and kindness which 
pervaded the spirit and the tone of the communications of the respective re- 
presentations of both parties. There was an evident and noble desire to ex- 
hibit the whole truth. The brethren met in the spirit of conciliation. All 
felt that important interests were involved — that the truth was to be spoken 



in love — and the results of high moment to the peace- and prosperity of Zion 
depended upon the harmonious adjust] ent of their 41 ies. Avoiding 

all asperity of remark and all unkind personal allusions, they addressed 
themselves to the sole work of stating their grievances and defending their 
positions. 

With this prefatory staten 
decision : 

In the prcamhle to the articles embodying thei 
er Association charge that the h: 
the Big Ivy Association which "n 
ditional election;' —rind, in the 7th item, they el: 
Association) hold the repudiating article of the 
touching the election of Grace. The Committee, 
Articles of Faith ot the Union Ass& 
pression that there is nothing in tho 
the score of ( 
sbci&tioii, that the . 

'This Association .,;:_,■ 

ditional election and reprobatiop. 5 

They recommcn ! H:ai -thi 
asmuchas the Commit 1 _ 
Faith. 

The Green Fiver : ■•:. 
disturbed and divided uji<fei Riehii 
portions of thn : e of \' ,.-'.■ iufeh - 
in their immediate \ icli 

The Committee, after>a*i fovestig; 
feel bound to bay that they regard I 
circumstances of me ce.se, a ■ . 
denomination, and therefore to be i 
withdrawing should return, and be . 
the bodies with which they were 01 'r 
christian charity and forbearance : ] 



the Committee, herewith, submit tiieir 



ranees, the Green Riv- 

n e formed in part from 

. . p; 'ticular, and uncon- 

ij charge that they (the Union 

tlie above named Association 

iteo, after an examination of the 

ire unanimously under the im- 

ies which can be objected to on 

r, in the constitution of the As- 

- ying language : 

.. the doctrine of .upcon- 



epimgemr 
lcsnsistenl 



. thee constitution, 111- 
rith their Articles of 

of their Churches were 

; T. B. Justice, so that 

.' . ■■■ ofeer Churches 



tv-ed in this charge, 
oe churches under the 
or and usages of the Baptist 
.'.. Thqy think that the parties 
.' Higaip irftp tite the ieUowship of 
zi n tected., h nd thai, en all sides 
; - fcj \j in view o^ ,the exci- 
s which led these divisions. 

tressjon of their 
spirit of conciliation indicated by 
infieiug desire for the healing of 



The Committee, in this connection, c; 
hearty approval and. commendation o 
Fro. Justice, and of his earnqstand s( 
these breaches in Zion. 

The Green River Association charge that divers irregularities were com- 
mitted by the Union Association Li! he reception of members into their 
churches who had left Oth^r kurcl* in confusion and disorder. The Com- 
mittee find that there have been cases in vhkh eueh members have been 
received in what they deem an improper and disorderly manner. This they 
believe is to be entirely accounted for by the high excitement of the times 
— is equally regretted by all parties— and should no longer constitute a 
barrier to fraternal harmony and union. 

The Green River Association charge that churches of the Union Associa- 
tion have received into fellowship persons baptized by Fe-dobaptis.t ministers. 



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T£c C'cmSnittce feel bound to express their unanimous and most decided 

conviction of the irregularity of this practice. They would add, however, 

that this is a matter which they think the Associations should not touch hut 

leave to the action of individual churches. 

The Committee are under the impression that in these unfortunate con- 
tests some individuals on both sides have been betrayed into hard sayings, 
andimprudencies of action, demanding the exercise of the spirit of mutual 
concession and christian charity. 

In conclusion, the Committee would express the hope and the confident 
persuasion that this decision will be accepted by their brethren, and will con- 
stitute the basis of a firm and enduring union. Its acceptance they honest- 
ly think, will be alike honorable to both parties, will be gratifying to the 
denomination in general, and will largely promote the interests of our belov- 
ed Zion through all these mountain regions. . And now brethren we com- 
mend you to God and to the word of his grace which is able to build you up, 
and to give you an inheritance among them that are sanctified. 

JOHN G. LANDItmi, Moderator. 
R. FURXIAN, Secretary. 

D. SCRUGGS, 
W. HILL, 
M. C.BARKETT, 
Wk walker, A. S. II. 
Ilendersonville, N C. April. 4, 1857." 

It is with pleasure, that we are able to say, that the Union Asso- 
ciation as a body, has complied with the above request of the 
committee, in striking out the 14th Article in the Constitution; and 
that Ivy Hill Church, has returned to Cooper's Gap, and Provi- 
dence to Mountain Creek; and the only one yet remaining is Lib- 
erty Hill, and that the Union Association has withdrawn from her; 
thereby peace and tranquillity has been restored between us. 

Resolved, That we return our sincere thanks to Elders J. Gr. 
Landnim,Il. Furman, W. Bill, M. C. Barnette, D. Scruggs, and l 
Bro. Wm. Walker, A. S. R, for their re^ponce to our call, in mee- 
ting to settle the difficulties which marred our peace; and lor their 
faithful and impartial investigation of said difficulties, and the just 
and equitable report they submitted. 

36th. The Committee on the Book Concern, submitted the 
following report and was discharged, v^z: That we/ employ an a- 
gent to superintend the concern, and that he employ some person / 
or persons, to sell toe books on haod, at such prices as he or they 
can; and if the said agsnt thinks proper, buy more books with the 
money, and keep up the sale of books in the bound* oi our As- 
sociation untii oui 



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38tb. Elected Elders A. J. Cansler, L. McCurry and B. E. Rol- 
lins, delegates to the Western Baptist Convention. 

39th. The petition of Franklin Ray, late a member of Green's 
Creek church, setting forth his aggrievanees, in relation to the ac- 
tion of said church, in excluding him, was read; and on motion pla- 
ced on the table. 

40th. The committee on correspondence reported and was dis- 
charged. 

41st. That the next Union meeting be held at Pleasant Hill 
Meeting House, on Friday before the 3d Sabbath in July next, 
and that Elders L. McCurry, A. J. Cansler, and Wra. Harnll at- 
tend it. 

42nd. That the clerk have eight dollars for his services, and he 
have as many minutes printed as he can, for the balance of the 
money. 

43d. That the missionary collection of Sabbath, be equally di- 
vided between Foreign Missions and Education. 

44th. Resolved, That the thanks of this body are due and are 
hereby tendered to this church and neighborhood, for the hospital- 
ity manifested in the maintainance of this body, during this session. 

45th. Read and adopted the minutes of this day, 

46th. Adjourned to meet at Mt. Lebanon M. H., Rutherford 
County, nine miles N. E. of Rutherfordton; on Friday before the 
1st Sabbath in October next. Prayer by Elder W. Harrill. 

LEWIS McCURRY, Mod. 

ALEX. J. CANSLER, CVk. 

N. B. — The brother appointed to prepare a Circular Letter, to 
be read to this body, being absent on account of sickness in his 
family; it was agreed that the Clerk inform bro. Grayson, that we 
desired to have the Circular prepared by him, for publication 5 which 
he sent the Clerk which is hereunto annexed.' 



Report of the Book Agent. 

Rutherford County, N. C, 
October 1st, 1857. 
In obedience to an appointment of the Green River Baptist As- 
sociation, at its session in 1856, I have proceeded to make inquiry 
as to the books belonging to said Association, and was shown, by 
8. Webb, two boxes of books; ono full and nailed up, the other 



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the other open, but nearly fall of books, some of them very nucn 
damaged by being open. 

T have made repeated efforts to get a settlement with C. J. Webb, 
executor of J. M. Webb dec'd, but failed in every atiempt. I have 
Jet Elder Win. Harrill have, according to the way the books are 
marked, to the amount of ..-".- $16 80 
Brother Harrill has sold 2 95 



And has yet on hand, - - - - - - 13 85 

The remainder of the books is yet in my possession. I therefore 
would recommend the Association to make nome distribution of> 
the books and funds on hand, seeing they are nearly all squandered 
and gone. So reports } 7 oul" humble agent. 

J.U.WHITESIDE, 4g't 



Names and Post Offices of Ministers* 

Elder J. C. Grayson, Dysartsville, McDowell County N. C. 

" Lewis McCurry, Polkville, Cleveland " " 

" William Harrill, Webb's Ford, Rutherford 

" Henry Cul breath, Rutherford ton, " 

" JoabWilkey, " « 

" B. E. Rollins, Head of 1st Broad, u 

* Alex. J. Cansler, Columbus, Polk 

Licentiates. 
Rev.. J. H. Yarborough, Grassy Knob, Ruth. 
" B. R. Doggett, Butler,. " 



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Mt. Vernon, 
Cane Creek, 
Mt. Zion, 

Mt. Lebanon, 
Zion Hill, 
Cool Spring, 
Shiloah, 
Green's Creek, 
Green Paver, 
Cooper's Gap, 
Hock Spring, 
Pleasant Hill, 
Sulphur Spring, 
Mt. Pleasant, 
Harmon}' Grove, 
Bethel, 
Bound Hill, 
Mountain Creek, 
Bill's Creek, 
Montford's Cove, 
Silver Creek, 
Columbus. 
Dysartsvillc, 



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Patten Home, 
Polkville, 
Logan's Store, 
Camp Call, 
Webb's Ford, 
Rutherford ton, 
Sandy Plains, 
Mill's Gap, 
Grassy Knob, 
Grassy Knob, 
Rutherfordton, 
Butler, 

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Dysartsville, 
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Circular Letter. 

The Green River Baptist Association, to the Churches m the 
Union: — Greeting: 

Dear Brethren: — We afldress you on the subject of the resurrection of the 
dead. In a Circular like this, we can only notice a few of the leading features 
of this great doctrine. 

At the time our Savior appeared in the world, the resurrection of the dead 
was received as one of the principal articles of the Jewish religion, by the 
whole body of the nation, the Sadducees excepted. — Mark, 12: 18. Acts, 
24: 15. And is also believed by all evangelical christians. Our Savior arose 
himself, from the dead, to give us in his own person, a proof, pledge, and 
pattern of our future resurrection. And Paul, in nearly all of his epistles 
speaks of a general resurrection of the just, and of the unjust; at the end of 
the world, which will be followed by an immortality, either of happiness or 
misery. 

That the same bodies in which we now live — although they die, and become 
food for worms, or moulder to dust — shall be raised up glorious bodies, in 
which we shall see God, at the resurrection of the great day. They will be 
the same bodies that we now have, which will then consist of "flesh and bones" 
which will be spiritualized; for Job says: "although after my skin, worms de- 
stroy this body, yet in the flesh, shall I see God, whom I shall see for myself, 
and not another, and my eyes shall behold." — Job 19: 25. 

After Jesus Christ was risen from the dead, he appeared to the eleven and 
those that wore with them; "but they were terrified and affrighted, and sup- 
posed that they had seen a spirit," and he said unto them "behold my hands 
and my feet, that it is I myself; handle me and see, for a spirit hath not flesh 
and bones as ye see me have." — Luke 24: 37 — 39. And Paul says: "The 
Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the 
Archangel, and with the trump of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first. 
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in 
the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord." 
1 Thess. 4: 16, 17. Here Paul says, the dead in Christ shall rise first; that is, 
before the living saints are caught up. The bodies of the dead saints will be 
raised first, then they with the saints that will be living at that time, — who 
will be "changed in the twinkling of an eye," — will be caught up in the clouds. 

The doctrine of the resurrection has cheered the hearts of the people of 
God, from "an early period of the world. The doctrine ot the resurrection is 
revealed to us in the scriptures, and was entirely unknown to the heathen. 
When their friends died, they had no hope of ever seeing them again, but look- 
ed upon them as entirely lost, and never more to be met with, seen, or enjoyed. 
This drove them into extravagant actions, and downright madness; they rent 
their clothes, plucked off their hair, tore their flesh, cut themselves with knives 
and made "baldness between their eyes for the dead." — See Deut. 14: 1. — 
Practices forbidden the Jews, and very ill became christians that believe the 
doctrine of the resurrection of the dead. Therefore Paul told them "to sor- 
row not as others who have no tope." — 1 Thess. 4: 13. 



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Abraham believed in the resurrection of the dead, for Paul says, "that he 
accounted that God was able to raise up Isaac, even from the dead; from 
whence also he received him in a figure." — Heb. 11: 19. Abraham received 
his son in the similitude of a resurrection, it was as life from the dead. — 
Christ said, in his reply to the Sadducces, "Now that the dead are raised, 
even Moses showed at the bush, where he called the Lord the God of Abra- 
ham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob. For he is not a God of the 
dead, but of the living-." — Luke, 20: 37, 38. This passage shows the covenant 
relation in which God stands to his people, particularly Abraham Isaac and 
Jacob, and which respects not their souls onlj T but their bodies also, even their 
whole persons body and soul, for God is the God of the whole, and therefore 
as their souls now live with God, their bodies also will be raised from the 
dead, that they with their souls may enjoy everlasting glory and happiness, 
which is the grand promise and great blessing of the covenant of grace. The 
Lord declares that he is not the God of the dead, but of the living, as all the 
saints are, for though their bodies are dead, their souls are alive, and their 
bodies will be raised in consequence of their covenant interest in God, to en- 
joy an immortal life in II im. 

David sang about Christ, and said ; "Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, 
neither wilt thou suffer thy holy one to see corruption." — Ps. 16, 10, which 
shows that he believed the doctrine of the resurrection. Isaiah says, "thy 
dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise, awake and 
sing, ye that dwell in the dust, for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the 
earth shall cast out the dead," — Isa. 29: 16. Assure as Christ's dead body 
was raised, so sure shall every one of his people be raised, Christ's resurrec- 
tion is the pledge and earnest of theirs, because he lives they shaU live also, 
he is the first fruits of them that slept: in like manner as he was raised, so 
shall they, as he was raised incorruptible, powerful, spiritual and glorious; 
and in the same body, so shall they, their vile bodies shall be fashioned like 
unto his glorious body. As death is expressed by sleeping, so the resurrec- 
tion by awaking out of sleep, which will be brought about by the voice of 
of Christ, which is to be so powerful that the dead will hear it, and come out of 
their graves, and then they will have reason to sing, for they will awake in 
the likeness ot Christ and bear the image of him, the heavenly one. Daniel 
says, "Many that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlast- 
ing life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt." — Dan. 12: 2. Some to 
the enjoy nn-nt of everlasting life and happiness in the world to come with 
Christ, a phrase often used in the New Testament, but never before in the 
Old: expressive of the bliss which the saints enjoy in heaven after this life is 
over; first in the seperate state oi the soul, and then at the resurrection, in 
soul and body; and the everlasting continuance of it. And our Lord Jesus 
Christ, no doubt had reference to this passage when he said, "all that are in 
the graves shall hear his voice and shall come forth, they that have done good 
to the resurrection of life, and they that have done evil to the resurrection of 
damnation." — John 5, 28: 26. This respects the general resurrection, and 
though all that are dead are not in graves, for sqme are in the sea, and 
some have been burnt to death for the testimony they bore for the truth , 
yet the greater part are in graves; this phrase is used to express the urn Yer- 



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sality of the resurrection; and this is also a proof of the resurrection of the 
same body, for what are in the graves but the bodies'? and what else can 
come forth but the same bodies'? and the time is hastening on when these 
bodies shall hear the voice of the Son ofGod,"and come forth, as the bod- 
ies of the saints did after the resurrection of Christ; when their graves were 
opened, to a glorious life, which will lie in communnion with God, angels 
ana saints; and in conformity to Christ, and in the everlasting vision of 
him. Again Paul says "others were tortured not accepting deliverance, 
that they might obtain a better resurrection." — Heb. 11: 35. That is a res- 
urrection unto everlasting life, which is a better resurrection than figurative 
ones, as deliverances from great afflictions, which are called deaths, or real 
ones, which were only to a mortal state to die again, as those under the Old 
Testament, and under the New before the resurrection of Christ, or than 
the resurrection of the wicked; for the resurrection of the saints will be by 
virtue of union to Christ; whereas the wicked will be raised by virtue of his 
power. The saints will rise with bodies glorious, powerful and spiritual, 
shining like the sun; the wicked with base, vile 3 and ignoble ones. The 
righteous to the resurrection of life, the wicked to the resurrection of dam- 
nation. The consideration of the better resurrection, is of great use to 
strengthen faith under sufferings for righteousness sake, and this is obtained 
by suffering, not that suffering is the meritorious cause of it, but the people 
of God come to it in this way, it is promised to such and it will be attained 
unto, and enjoyed by them, for all that live godly, do, and must suffer per- 
secution, in one way or another. 

Jesus Christ says "before him shah be gathered all nations, and he shall 
separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth the sheep from the 
goats, and he shall set the sheep on the right hand, but the goats on the left. 
Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, 'come, ye blessed of my 
Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you, from the foundation of the 
world." ' "Then shall he say also to them on his left hand, depart from me, 
ye cursed into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels." Matt. 
25, 32, 34, and 41 verse. From these and other passages, we learn that the 
resurrection will be general, at the same time, both of the just and of the 
unjust. And that the righteous will not rise a thousand years before the 
wicked, as some have thought. 

Another proof of the resurrection, is 1 Cor. 15 eh. where Paul shows be- 
yond successful contradiction, the resurrection of Christ, which is the grand 
hinge on which Christianity turns. After his resurrection, he was seen of 
Cephas, then of the twelve, v. 5, after that he was seen of James, then all the 
apostles, v 7 , and last of all he was seen of Paul, v. 8. The evidence in favor 
of the resurrection of Christ is stronger, perhaps, than on any other point of 
theology, so that the apostle could triumphantly say, "but now is Christ ris- 
en from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept," v. 20. And 
consequently, the resurrection of his people. 

Again, baptism is a proof of the resurrection. "Else what shall t hey do 
who are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all; why then are they 
baptized for the dead?" v. 2'J. As baptism in the time of the apostk-s, was 



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universally practiced by immersion, when a christian was baptized, he showed 
the burial and resurrection of Christ, and bis own death to sin and resurrec- 
tion to newness of life. Hence Paul says, "therefore we are buried with him 
by baptism into death, that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by 
the glory of the Father, even so we also, should walk in newness of life." 
Rom. 9, 4. And "buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen 
with him through the faith of the operation of God who hath raised him from 
the dead."— Col. 1,22. 

The doctrine of the resurrection is of great use and importance. It is one 
of the first principles of the doctrine of Christ, the whole gospel stands or falls 
with it. It seems to enlarge our views of the divine perfections. It encour- 
ages faith and trust in God, under the difficulties of life. It has a tendency 
to regulate our affections, and moderate our desires after earthly things.. It 
supports God's people under the loss of near relations, and enables them to 
rejoice in the glorious prospect set before them, of meeting their friends in 
heaven where there will be no more death, neither crying nor sorrow, and live 
happily with them forever. And much as we may love our friends when alive, 
after they die, and we look at them a day or two, we sec such a mournful 
change has come over their countenance, we are ready to say like Abraham 
did of his beloved Sarah, "let me bury my dead out of my sight." But by faith 
we look forward and say; 

"Arrayed in glorious grace, 
Shall these vile bodies shine; 

And every shape and every face 
Look heavenly and divine." 
"It doth not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he shall 
appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is."— 1 John 2: 2. — 
And the children of God will rejoice together in heaven, and will doubtless 
know one another, and their friends in heaven for we shall not know less there 
than we know here. And while Christ will be the great center of attraction 
to all the redeemed, yet ina secondary sense, christians will rejoice to meet 
each other in heaven, and it will afford them great joy in remembering that 
they preached and prayed, and labored together in the world for the glory 
of God and the salvation of sinners. "'Therefore my beleved brethren, be ye 
atedfast immovable, always abounding iu the work of the Lord, forasmuch as 
ye know, that your labor is not in vain in the Lord," 



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MINUTES 




OF THE 



TWENTIETH ANNUAL SESSION 



OF THE 



GREEN RIVER 

BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 

HELD WITH THE CHURCH 
AT 

MT. LEBANON, RUTHERFORD CO., S. €., 

October 1—4, 1858. 




RALEIGH: 

BIBLICAL RECORDER PRESS, 
1858. 



PROCEEDINGS. 



Friday, Oct. 1, 1858. 

The Green River Association convened this day at Mt. Leba- 
non Meeting House, Rutherford county, N. C. 

The introductory sermon "was preached by Elder A. J. Cansler 
from Acts 2 : 42. 

The delegates assembled, when the Association, on motion, was 
called to order by Elder J. C. Grayson as Moderator pro tern. — 
Prayer by the Moderator. 

The letters from all the churches were read, the names of the 
delegates enrolled, and the state of the churches minuted. 

On motion, Sandy Spring church, a newly constituted body, 
was received. 

Elected Elder J. C. Grayson Moderator, and Elder A. J. Can- 
sler Clerk. 

Appointed Elder B. E. Rollins, A. Padgett, J. W. Morgan 
with the Moderator and Clerk, the committee of arrangements. 

Read the Rules of Decorum. 

Appointed J. W. Morgan, W. Fortune and J. M. Hamilton, a 
committee on finance. 

Called for correspondence from sister Associations, when the 
following appeared, and were received, viz : 

Broad River — Toliver Davis, with a letter. 

Salem — J. R. Blanton, with a letter and minutes. 

Union and Catawba no messengers. 

Tyger River — S. B. "Williams with a package of minutes. 

King's Mountain — Elder G. W. Rollins, brethren J. W. Green, 
G. M. Webb. 

Invited ministers, not delegates nor messengers, to seats with 
us, when Elder Elias Dodson, Agent of the Foreign Mission 
Board, accepted. 

Appointed P. D. Gold, R. 0. Ledbetter and W. H. Logan, a 
committee on correspondence. 

Committees were appointed to prepare reports for this body on 
the following subjects, viz : • 

Foreign Missions — R. Whitesides, E. Dodson. 

Home Missions — B. E. Rollins, R. J. Williams. 

Education — A. J. Cansler, W. Fortune. 

Periodicals — P. D. Gold, J. C. Grayson. 

Sabbath Schools — J. W. Morgan, D. Fegans. 

Temperance — J. M. Hamilton, A. 0. Lynch. 

The Association then adjourned till Saturday morning 10 o'- 
clock. Prayer by Elder W. Harrill. 



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Saturday, October 2. 

The Association met according to adjournment. Prayer by 
Elder E. Dodson. 

The report of the Committee of Arrangements was read and 
adopted. 

Appointed the following messengers to corresponding bodies : 

Broad River — P. D. Gold, J. C. Grayson, A. J. Cansler, and 
D. P. Gold. 

King's Mountain — P. D. Gold. 

Salem— J. C. Grayson, B. E. Rollins, A. 0. Lynch, W. H. Lo- 
gan, I. Whitesides, J, L. Whitesides, R. Whitesides, and Isaac 
A. Reel. 

Tyger River — A. J. Cansler, H. Lyles, J. Wilkey and D. 
Fegans. 

Union— W. Blanton, W. Harrill, J. Wilkey. 

Agreed that the Union Meeting be held at Silver Creek M. H., 
Polk county, N. C, to commence on Friday before the 4th Sab- 
bath in July, 1859, and that Elders A. J. Cansler, B. E. Rollins, 
A. Padgett, W. Harrill, J. Wilkey and A. 0. Lynch attend it. 

Elected Elder Elias Dodson to preach the Missionary sermon 
on Sabbath, and Elder J. C. Grayson to preach at 10 o'clock, and 
Elder A. J. Cansler at 2 o'clock. 

The Circular letter, prepared by A. J. Cansler, was read and 
adopted. 

The next session of this body was appointed to convene at the 
Baptist M. H., in Columbus, Polk county, N. C, to commence on 
Friday before the 1st Sunday in October, 1859. 

Elected Elder J. C. Grayson to preach the Introductory sermon 
to our next session, Elder B. E. Rollins alternate. 

Elected Elder J. C. Grayson to write a Circular on the four first 
verses of the 19th chapter of the Acts. 

Report of the Agent of the book concern was read and adopted. 

A committee of five was appointed to prepare a report on the 
book concern, viz : J. C. Grayson, A. J. Cansler, B. E. Rollins, 
W. Fortune and R. Whitesides. 

The financial committee reported $30.70 received. 

On motion, the Clerk was directed to superintend the printing 
and distributing the Minutes, and that he be allowed $8 for his 
services. 

The report on Foreign Missions was read and adopted. 

The report on Sabbath Schools was read and adopted. 

Adjourned until 9 o'clock, Monday morning. Prayer by Elder 
A. Padgett, 



Sabbath. 
Elder J. C. Grayson opened the services of the day, and was 
followed by Elder Elias Dodson, who preached the missionary 



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sermon. After the sermon, a collection was taken up, amounting 
to $56.55. 

The services of the day were closed by a sermon by Elder A. 
J. Cansler. From the good order and manifest feeling, it is hoped 
that great good will result from the labors of the day. 

Monday, October 4. 

Met according to adjournment. Prayer by the Moderator. 

The report on Home Missions was read and adopted. 
■ The report on Periodicals was read and adopted. 

Resolved, That we adopt the Biblical Recorder as the organ of ^Xf 
this body, and advise all our brethren to subscribe for it, and aid 
in circulating it in their respsective neighborhoods. 

The report on Temperance was read and adopted. 

The report on Education was read and adopted. 

The report on the Book Concern was read and adopted. 

Resolved, That an Executive Committee of five be appointed to > 
attend to the business of the Book Concern during the vacation of 
this body, viz : J. C. Grayson, A. J. Cansler, B. E. Rollins, J. M. 
Hamilton, and R. Whitesides. 

Elected the following delegates to the Western Convention, 
viz : J. C. Grayson, A. J. Cansler, B. E. Rollins, W. Harrill, A. 
Padgett, P. D. Gold, P. B. Simmons, A. 0. Lynch, W. H. Lo- 
gan and J. W. Morgan. 

Read and adopted the report of the committee on Correspon- 
dence. 

Resolved, That the thanks of this body are due and are hereby 
tendered to the church and neighborhood for the hospitality mani- 
fested in the maintenance of this body during its session. 

Read and adopted the minutes of the day. 

The Association then adjourned to meet at Columbus, Polk 
county, N. C, on Friday before the first Sunday in October next. 

Prayer by A. J. Cansler. 

J. C. GRAYSON, Moderator. 

Alex. J. Cansler, Clerk. 

N. B. — At the last session of this body a resolution was passed, stating that 
this Association " will withdraw from any church that permits any member 
to distil or retail spirituous liquors." All the churches came up entirely 
cleansed of distillers and retailers. This is the model temperance body. 

MINISTERS* NAMES AND POST-OFFICES 

J. C. Grayson, Dysartsville, N. C, Lewis McCurry, Polkville, N. C. 
Win. Harrill, Webb's Ford, " Henry Culbreath, Eutherfordton, " 

J. Wilkey, Eutherfordton, " B. E. Eollins, First Broad, " 

A. J. Cansler, Columbus, " A. Padgett, Sandy Plains, " 

LICENTIATES. 
J. H. Yarbro', Grassy Knob, N. C, A. 0. Lynch, Green Hill, N. C. 

P. D. Gold, Camp Call, " A. Eoach, Mills Gap, " 

W. H. Logan, Grassy Knob, N. C. 



REPORTS. 



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REPORT OF THE AGENT OF THE BOOK CONCERN. 

Rutherford County, Oct. 2, 1858. 
Dear Brethren: — 

I can inform you that I have made one other effort for a set- 
tlement with C. J. "Webb and G. M. Webb, executors of J. 
M. Webb, deceased, on the Book Concern. G. M. Webb seems 
to know nothing about it, and C. J. Webb pleads no assets in his 
hands. Therefore I know not what to do.. Most of the books are 
still on hand, and as the improvement of the age is progressing so 
rapidly, the books on hand are going out of date. The minister- 
ing brethren seems to be backward in carrying the books about 
with them to sell. No person, except Elder B. E. Rollins, has 
got any of the books since your last meeting to sell. Brother 
Rollins received 25 books and sold 15 of them for $5.65, which 
he handed over to me, and returned the remainder. Elder Wm. 
Harrillsold before last Association to the amount of $2.95, which 
he paid me, thus making in all $8.60, which I have received. — 
Elder Harrill has sold none since as I have heard of. The balance 
of the books are still in my possession. 

I therefore would recommend the Association to make some 
disposition of the books on hand, and advise in what way the mon- 
ey is to be laid out, as there is no use in keeping it on hand. So 
reports your humble Agent. 

J. U. WHITESIDE, Agent 



REPORT ON THE BOOK CONCERN. 
Your committee would recommend that an additional sum be 
raised of fifty dollars to increase the book fund, and that we em- 
ploy a missionary Colporteur to travel in the bounds of this bod}' 
to ride and sell books, and preach in the bounds, and that a Board 
be appointed to select said books, to whom the affairs of said Con- 
cern shall be entrusted during the absence of this body. 
Respectfully submitted. 

ALEX. J. CANSLER, Chairman. 



REPORT ON HOME MISSIONS. 
The subject of Home Missions has drawn the attention of this 
body for many years ; and we have but little doubt, but that God 
has blessed the instrumentality of this agency to a wonderful ex- 
tent. We have been principally acting under the management 
of the Western Convention. 



"With no disposition to withdraw our assistance from the Con- 
vention, or working separately on this subject, we would recom- 
mend the appointment of a missionary colporteur in the bounds of 
this body. Respectfully submitted. 

B. E. ROLLINS, Chairman. 



REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS, 

The first missionary society was in heaven consisting of the 
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus -Christ was a foreign mis- 
sionary, for he came from heaven to earth to preach the gospel. — 
His commission to his apostles embraced the whole world, and is 
in force till the end of time. Christ was the founder of missions. 

Goshen Association,. Ya., 

Supports 1 missionary in China, 1 in Africa, 1 in California, 1 
among the Indians, with 6 missionaries and 2 colporteurs in Ya, 
They work by the following plan : 

They circulate extensively the Herald, Home and Foreign Jour- 
nal, and Commission. Bethany church takes 150 Heralds with 
the other papers. On the Saturday meeting of April the clerk has 
a subscription, and calls the names of each member, male and fe- 
male. He asks the amount to be attached to each name. On 
Sabbath the pastor announces from the pulpit three persons with 
each deacon, viz : a man, a married lady and single lady, to carry 
subscriptions to every member and every friend, dividing the 
ground according to the number of deacons. On the Sunday 
meeting before the Association in September, the collectors bring 
their various sums to the treasurer after a missionary sermon is 
preached by the pastor and after the people eat dinner. In this 
way Goshen Association labors for Home and Foreign Missions 
giving every year over $5,572. 

Unless our people read they will not work In the Spring of 
1857, the Herald had nearly 5000 subscribers. The preachers in 
Ya. in 1 year have raised 1000 more. Besides great liberality to 
F. Missions, Yirginia has 70 home missionaries, and nearly 40 \ 
colporteurs. When all our pastors take our State papers and in- '• 
duce their members and friends to take them, then missions will \ 
flourish. English Baptists give annually $1 each to Foreign Mis- 
sions. If N. C. Baptists were to give as much, they would give 
$54,000 annually, and the Southern Baptists $500,000. 

E. DODSON. 



REPORT ON PERIODICALS. 

If we honor letters, letters will honor us ; if we respect the age, 
the age will respect us ; if we respect ourselves, we will be re- 



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spected by other people. Money is given to feed, clothe and 
shelter the body, but very little given to feed the mind. The 
cheapest education in the world is obtained from newspapers and 
periodicals. Those churches that take no religious newspapers, 
do very little for their pastors or for any other object. But no 
papers can supply the place of home papers. If politicians were 
to take none of their own State papers, they could never be posted 
up in their own affairs. 

The Biblical Recorder is published at Raleigh at $2 per an- 
num in advance. The Carolina Baptist is published at Hender- 
son ville at $1 50. The Aurora, from Murfreesboro', Tenn., 
comes monthly at $2 per annum. The Home and Foreign Jour- 
nal is published monthly in Richmond, Va., at 25cts. per year. 
It is the organ of the Bible, Domestic and Foreign boards. The 
Commission is published monthly in Richmond, Va., at $1 per 
annum. The Christian Review is published quarterly in Balti- 
more, Md., at $3 per year. The Southern Baptist Review is pub- 
lished quarterly in Nashville, Tenn., at $2 per year. At the 
close of the year the three preceding works can be bound in Sa- 
lem, N. C, or at other places, at 50 or 60 cents each. 

Let all our church members who can read take some of our re- 
ligious newspapers. A reading church is generally a working 
church. Respectfully submitted. 

P. D. GOLD. 



REPORT ON TEMPERANCE. 

Dear Brethren : — Your committee begs leave to make the 
following report : 

The subject of temperance is one of much importance to us and 
we are glad to see the rapid progress the cause is making in our 
midst. We are delighted to learn that all our churches are acting up 
to the resolution passed by our body at its last session. "We learn 
that the churches have cleared themselves of all their distillers and 
retailers. We are glad to see the time come that the Baptists as 
a denomination are doing so much for the glorious cause of Tem- 
perance. In place of being called drunkards, we are called a 
temperate people. The Scriptures abound with evidence to sup- 
port this cause. See Prov. 20: 1; Isaiah 28 : 7 ; Prov. 23 : 31, 
32; Isaiah 56: 12; Mi. 2: 11; Hab. 2: 15; Gal. 5:19— 21; 
Jer. 35. We recommend to all our churches to support no man 
for public office that treats with intoxicating drinks to influence 
men to vote for them. 

We advise our brethren to come out from among them and be 
ye separate, sayeth the Lord, for he that biddeth him God speed 
is partaker of his evil deeds. All of which is respectfully sub- 
mitted. J. M. HAMILTON, Chairman. 



REPORT ON EDUCATION. 

The subject of Education is one of the deepest interest, and has 
drawn the attention of almost all classes of the people, and no class 
of the people should attend? to- this important subject more than the 
Baptist church ; for we have to contend for some important gosp el 
principles, alone, against all societies and the great body of the 
world. The education of the ministry is of the greatest impor- 
tance. Unless we have an educated ministry, in a short time 
the teachers will be behind the pupils. 

It is with pleasure that we recommend Wake Forest College, lo- 
cated in Wake County, as a College of high character. 

The United Baptist Institute at Taylorsville,. deserves a cordial 
support at your hands. 

The Female College at Hendersonville,. which is in the course 
of erection, when completed,, will be of great advantage to the de- 
nomination,, as well as to the country at large. 

It is with, pleasure that we hail the bright prospect, which awaits 
the Baptists of Western Carolina. 

Respectfully submitted. 

ALEX. J. CANSLER, Chairman. 



REPORT ON SABBATH SCHOOLS, 

The committee on Sabbath Schools beg leave to submit the fol- 
lowing report : 

The subject of Sabbath Schools is one that has engrossed the 
attention of all denominations : and no one has awoke to this duty 
more than the Baptist denomination ; for they see, by sad experi- 
ence, that the training of their children, will by no means do to 
leave to the Pedobaptist societies. A Sabbath School is the 
nursery to the church. It is with pleasure that we hail the news 
of the bright prospect that awaits us of having a better Baptist 
Sunday School literature. 

We advise our brethren to establish Sunday Schools, and that 
they purchase their books from the South- Western Baptist Pub- 
lishing House, at Nashville, Tennessee. 
Respectfully submitted. 

J. W. MORGAN, Chairman, 



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NAMES OF CHURCHES WITH THEIR POST OFFICES. 



CHURCHES. 

Head 1st Broad, 
Mt. Vernon, 
Cane Creek, 
Mt. Zion, 
Mt. Lebanon, 
Zion Hill, 
Cool Spring, 
Shiloah, 
Green Creek, 
Green River, 
Cooper Gap, 
Rock Spring, 
Pleasant Hill, 
Sulphur Spring, 
Mt. Pleasant, 
Harmony Grove, 
Bethel, 
Round Hill, 
Mountain Creek, 
Bill's Creek, 
Montford's Cove, 
Silver Creek, 
Columbus, 
Dysartsville, 
Sandy Spring, 



POST OFFICES. 

First Broad, 

Rutherfordton, 

Patten Home, 

Polkville, 

Logan's Store, 

Camp Call, 

Rutherfordton, 
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Sandy Plains, 

Mills Gap, 

Cooper Gap, 

Grassy Knob, 

Rutherfordton, 

Butler, 

Rutherfordton, 

Dysartsville, 

Sugar Hill, 

Cuba, 

Green Hill, 

Grassy Knob, 

Cedar Creek, 

Mills Gap, 

Columbus, 

Dysartsville, 

Sandy Plains. 



CIRCULAR LETTER. 



The Green River Baptist Association 

To the Churches in Union; 
Dear Brethren : — By an appointment of this body at the last 
session, we address you from the following passage of Scripture : 

"And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as spiritual, but as 
unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with 
milk, and not with meat, for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, 
neither yet now are ye able." — 1 Cor. 2 : 1,2. 

Corinth was a place of considerable wealth, and consequently 
famous for vice. Paul, as an instrument in the hands of God, did 
plant and raise a church chiefly among the Gentiles ; though it is 
by no means improbable that there were many Jewish converts 
among them. He continued in this city nearly two years, and 
labored with great success ; being encouraged by a divine vision, 
assuring him that God had much people in that place. 

There are a few points of doctrine that present themselves in 
the passage selected, that we desire to call your special atten- 
tion to. 

1st. Tfiat the church of Christ is composed of spiritual believers. 
We find that John the Baptist, who came to prepare a way 
for Jesus Christ, came into the wilderness of Juclea, and in all the 
country round about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance 
for the remission of sins, " saying, repent ye, for the kingdom of 
heaven is at hand" He rejected the Pharisees and Sadducees 
who came and demanded baptism at his hands, requiring them to 
"bring forth, therefore, fruits meet for repentance." In the com- 
mission of our blessed Saviour, given to his disciples, he says, 
" Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the 



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name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." It 
will be observed that John required repentance before baptism, 
and that Jesus Christ required his disciples first to teach, and 
then those that believed should be baptized. On the day of Pente- 
cost those "that gladl} r received his word were baptized." Be- 
fore Philip baptized the Ethiopian eunuch, he required a relation of 
the dealings of the Spirit of God with his soul, which the eunuch 
gave him m these words, " I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son 
of God." The great Apostle Paul, then Saul of Tarsus, found 
jpeace with God, prior to his baptism. The Philippian jailor, re- 
pented of his sins and was baptized. In a word, every case pre- 
sented in the Acts of the Apostles, clearly prove to us that faith 
preceded baptism. You will also find that Paul in his epistles to 
the Romans, Corinthians, Ephesians, &c, addresses them as believ- 
ers in the Lord Jesus Christ. 

2nd. That the church at Corinth was composed of believers. 

We find in the opening of this epistle that Paul uses the fol- 
lowing language : "Unto the church of God, which is at Corinth, 
to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with 
all that in every place that call upon the name of Jesus Christ, 
■our Lord, both theirs and ours." 1 Cor. 1 : 2. " AY hat, know ye 
Hot, that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, which is in 
you, whidh ye have of God, and ye are not your own." "For ye 
&re bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your body and 
in your spirit, which are his." 6 chap., 19, 20 verses. In these 
quotations, you will find that they were addressed as believers in 
-the Lord Jesus Christ, and he also clearly demonstrates the con- 
dition of the soul and body of a believer in Christ on earth. 

You will find from the following passage the position that chris- 
tians occupy in reference to the world to come, in connection with 
this world : " For now we see through a glass darkly, but then 
face to face ; now I know in part, but then shall I know, even as 
also I am known." Chap. 13: 12, 13. You will find in the 
Verses in question that Paul .addresses them as "brethren," which 



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he full well understood, and which he always uses towards those 
who are believers in Christ: the expression " as unto babes in 
Christ" carries out the same idea. From the general tenor of 
the Scriptures, and the express declarations of Jesus Christ to his 
disciples, as well as the language of every part of the epistle, as 
well as the passages under consideration, we are confirmed in the 
opinion that the church of Christ w T as composed of spiritual be- 
lievers. 

3rd. That a growth of grace is 'expected of every christian. 
Christians, that are born into the spiritural world, bare some re- 
semblance to children that are born into the natural world. When 
-a child is born into the natural world, it grows in strength daily 
until it arrives to the age of full manhood, when it is fully pre- 
pared to act for itself. A child of grace may be old in natural 
years when born, but he is required to advance in the divine life, 
and by following the requirements of God's word and living close 
to God, he will grow in grace and in the knowledge of the truth. 
Many christians live out their time as children, are necessarily 
compelled to be fed on milk, instead of progressing and being able 
to solve and digest the strong meat of the gospel. Those who live 
close to God grow, and thereby become the bright and shining 
lights of the church ; whilst many others grovel along in darkness, 
and never enjoy to any considerable extent the blessings which 
God has in store for those who love and serve him. How careful 
should all christians be to advance in the Divine life, in order that 
they might serve God acceptably, and thereby receive his smiles 
and his encouragements which are so necessary to cheer us on in 
our christian course in this life ; for at best we only " look through 
a glass darkly /" 

4th. That the church at Corinth were babes in Christ. 
This is very evident from the reading of the passage. It had 
been some years since Paul established that church, and he great- 
ly desired that they might live as salt that had not lost its savor ; 
vfor upon them was dependent, to a considerable extent, the pros- 



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parity of the cause of Christ in that wicked city. But to his as- 
tonishment he found that they had been warped on the doctrine of 
the resurrection, which is one of the most glorious doctrines be- 
longing to the gospel. Were the doctrine of the resurrection 
not true, the prospects of happiness in the world to come would 
be cut short, and the enjoyment in the present life would be to a 
considerable extent circumscribed. Paul takes great pains to ex- 
plain and enforce this doctrine in the 15th chapter of this epistle. 
He found to his sorrow that the wickedness of the people had 
much to do in injuring the prosperity of the members of the 
church, as well as the church. Old habits and associations did 
much to impede their progress, so much so, that they performed 
their duties so imperfectly, that instead of being spiritually minded,, 
Paul was compelled to address them as "carnal, even as unto 
babes in Christ.'' That there was but little to be expected from 
them without a great advance in the divine life, and that they were 
compelled to be fed with milk, instead of meat, for they were not 
able to bear it. 

How industriously should we as professors of religion be en- 
gaged in the cause of our heavenly Father, that we might all be 
enabled to digest the strong doctrines of the gospel, and thereby 
feast upon the manna which is prepared for those who love and 
serve him.. 

Brethren,., it is to be feared that we do* not do all within our 
power to advance in the divine life, as we should do. In order to 
please God, and thereby grow in grace, we must use all the means 
given to us to advance his cause. Whatever intellect we have 
should be used for his cause, whatever property we have should 
be liberally expended, to advance the Redeemer's kingdom. Are 
we placing the ministry in such a position, that they can devote 
their whole time and talent to the advancement of the cause of 
Christ ? Do we feel as we ought for the destitute millions of the 
earth? Do we me all our energies to raise the youth of our' land 



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as we should do? Have you Sabbath Schools? Do you keep up 
regular prayer meetings at -your meeting houses ? Do you have 
family prayer ? "We fear many do not. "What a burning sh'ame! 
. By attending to these and all other christian duties, we will be 
enabled to grow in grace and in the knowledge o£ the • truth. — 
And let that not be said, on account of your indolence. 

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be and remain with 
vou alL 



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MINUTES 



OF THE 



TWENTY-FIRST ANNIVERSARY, 



GREEN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 



CONVENED AT 



COLUMBUS M. H., 



POLK COUNTY, N. C>, * 



Friday, September 30th, to October 3 ? 



1859. 



PROCEEDINGS. 



Friday, Sept. 30, 1859. 

The Green River Association assembled this day at the Baptist M. H., Col- 
ftrmbus, Polk county, N C, according- to the adjournment from Mt. Lebanon. 

The introductory sermon was preached by Elder J C Grayson. 

The Association was organized by the former Moderator. 

Bead the letters from the churches, and minuted their standing. 

Elected Elder J C Grayson, Moderator, and A J Cansler, Clerk. 

Called for correspondence from sister Associations, and received from 

Broad River: Elders W Hill and T B Justice. 

Tyger River: D Hillyard, J S Rogers, E Alverson, T J Earl and S B Williams 

Salem: Elders J A Stradley and N Bowen. 

King's Mountain: Elders J|Suttle and A A McSwain. J R Logan, A Padgett 

On motion, Elders B E Rollins, R Whitesides, R Ledbetter, with the 
Moderator and Clerk, were appointed the Committee of Arrangements. 

Ou motion, adjourned till Saturday morning, 10 o'clock. Prayer by Elder 
J*)seph Suttle. 



Saturday, October, 1st. 

The Association met according to adjournment. Prayer by the Moderator. 

The report of the committee of Arrangement read and adopted. 

Read the Constitution and Rules of Decorum. 

Invited transient ministers: P R Elam and BR Doggett accepted. 

The following committee on Finance, J G Fortune, J M Hamelton and 
John Morris, was appointed. 

The committee on Correspondence, viz: J U Whitesides, D Feagans and 
R Ledbetter. 

Query from BUVs Creek: "Is it consistent with.the word of God and Bap- 
tist usagie, for a brother to go to law with a brother'?" 

Answer:. That in matters of ordinary transactions it is not unscriptural, nor 
contrary to Baptist usage; but in all matters pertaining to fellowship it is. 

Query from BilVs Creek churchy. "Is it in accordance with the spirit of the 
resolution of the Association, passed 1857, for members of our churches to 
have their grain and fruit distilled]" 

Answer: It was the intention of this body, when said resolution was pass- 
ed, to rid herself of all members engaged in distilling, directly or indirectly; 
therefore we say that it is not in accordance with said resolution, nor our de- 
sire at this time, for any member or members to aid in carrying on this nefa- 
rious practice in any way. 

A Query from Head of 1st Broad Church "What course should a Regular 









Baptist church pursue, in the reception of a member, who has been baptized 
by a Primitive Baptist minister'? 

Answer: If the administrator has been ordained by a regular Presbytery, 
and was in good standing when he left the Regular Baptist church— -and con- 
tinued so, we consider the baptism valid. 

Query from Head of 1st Broad Church: "Should the evidence of a wife be 
taken in favor of or against her husband, both being members of the Baptist 
church." 

Answer: That we do not consider that the relation of husband and wife, 
scripturally speaking, debars her from giving her testimony for or against her 
husband — church membership is an individual matter. 

Resolved, That we advise all our churches to establish Sabbath Schools, 
and that they purchase Baptist books, from the Depository Agent, at Hender- 
sonville, North Carolina. 

Resolved, That we advise our brethren to subscribe for the Telescope, at 
Hendersonville; the Recorder, at Raleigh, and Tennessee Baptist, at Nash- 
ville, Tennessee. 

Whereas, there has been a grievous difficulty existing between brethren 
■Graves and Howell, in the First Baptist Church at Nashville, Tennessee, in 
•which difficulty we feel that Brother Graves has been unscripturally treated: 

Resolved, That we extend to brother Graves and his church our hearty con- 
dolence in their distressing condition. 

Resolved, That we return to Brother Graves our thanks for his able defense 
of gospel truth. 

The next Union Meeting will be held at Harmony Grove, to commence on 
Friday before the 4th Sabbath in July next; ministers to attend, viz: A J 
Cansler, B E Rollins, A Padgett, L McCurry and J C Grayson. 

Elected Elder B E Rollins to write the r ext Circular Letter — subject, ne- 
cessity and utility of colportage. 

Elected Elder A J C ansler to preach the Introductory to the next Associa- 
tion, B E Rollins, alternate. 

That the next session of this body meet at Cooper's Gap M H, Polk county, 
on Friday before the 1st Sabbath in October 1860. 

Appointed the following correspondents to sister Associations, viz : 

Broad River: A Padget, A J Cansler and J M Hamilton. 

Salem: B E Rollins, J R Bowman and John Whiteside. 

Tiger River: A Padgett, B Page, JWilkey, W Foster and A Brice. 

King's Mountain: NBowen, A J Cansler, B P Gold, W Harrill, L McCur- 
ry and J C Grayson. 

On motion, adjourned to 9 o'clock, Monday morning. Prayer by Elder B 
E Rollins. 



Sabbath, October, 2. 
Exercises were held in the Baptist M H, and in the Court House at the 
same time. At the former place Brother J A Stradley opened the services 
of the day— was followed by Elder W Hill. In the evening Elder J Suttle 
preached, and closed the day's exercises. 



At the latter place the exercises were opened by Elder J C Grayson, follow- 
ed by Elder N Bowen. In the evening the exercises were closed by a ser- 
mon from Elder B E Rollins The attendance at both places was very large 
and attentive. It is fondly hoped that the seed sown will bring forth fruit 
abundantly. 



Monday, October 8. 

The Association met according to adjournment. Prayer by Eld. J A Strad- 
Icy. 

The Circular Letter prepared by Elder J C Grayson was read, adopted and 
ordered to be printed. 

The Association is divided into three Districts, as follows : 

1. District: Sandy Spring, Green's Creek, Columbus, Green River, Silver 
Creek, Rock Spring, Cooper's Gap and Pleasant Hill. — 8 

2. District: Montford's Cove, Mountain Creek, Bill's Creek, Round Hill, 
Bethel, Cane Creek, Harmony Grove and Dysartsville. — 8. 

3. District: Shiloah, Mt. Pleasant, Sulphur Spring, Cooi Spring, Mt. 
Vernon, Mt. Lebanon, Mt. Zion, Zion Hill and Head of 1st Broad. — 9 

Resolved, That each church, with fifty members or less, be entitled to two 
delegates and their ordained ministers, in this body, and an additional one 
for every fifty members. 

The petition of L C Pope, an aggrieved member fromMt. Lebanon Church, 
was read, and on motion was placed on the table. 

Elected the following delegates to the Western Baptist Convention, viz : 
J C Grayson, A J Cansler, B E Rollins, A Padgett and A Lynch. 

The money collected on Sabbath was $25 50 — was ordered to go to Home 
Missions — and that the Clerk forward it to bro. Ammons, one of the Conven- 
tion's late Missionaries. 

The Committe of Finance report $30 60, for Minntes. 

Report of the Book Board was read and adopted. 

Resolved, That the books belonging to this body, now in the hands of the 
Treasurer of the Book Board, be placed in the hands of the Depository A- 
gent of the Western Baptist Convention; after settling the dues coming to our 
Treasurer, and that the said Agent sell said books, and pay the note due to 
Graves, Marks & Co., at Nashville, Tcnn., for apart of said books. 

Resolved, That the Clerk superintend the printing of the Minutes , and have 
eight dollars for his services, and have as many printed as he can for the re- 
mainder of the money. 

Rlsolved, That the thanks of this bodv are due , and are hereby tendered to 
the members and friends of the Baptist Church at Columbus, for hospitality 
manifested in maintenance of this body, during the present session. 

On motion, adjourned to the time and place before mentioned. Prayer by 
Elder W Hill. 

J. C. GRAYSON, Mod, 

Alex. J. Cansler, Clerk. 



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Eeport of the Committee of the Book Concern. 

Brethren: At your request we proceed to receive the Books that were in the 
hands of hro. J U Whitesides, former Agent. We also sent the halance of 
the money, with a note made hy five of your committe to the South Western 
Publising House. We have received said books, and they are now in the 
hands of our Agent. We have not been able to sell them; they are at your 
disposal. Wa would advise that said books be placed in the hands of the 
Agent of the Western Baptist Convention, to be sold by a Colporteur, under 
the control of said Convention. 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. J. CANSLER, Chm'D, 



CIRCULAR LETTER, 



The Green River Baptist Association, to the Churches in union. 

Bear Brethren. — Agreeably to an appointment : of this body at its last 
session* we now address you on Acts 19, 1 — 7. "And while Apollos was at 
Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts, came to Ephesus; 
and finding certain disciples, he said unto them, have ye received the Holy 
Ghost since ye believed] And they said unto him, we have not so much as 
heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, unto what 
then were ye baptized] And they said, unto John's baptism. Then said 
Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the 
people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is 
od Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of 
the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy 
Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues and prophesied. And all 
the men were about twelve." 

We suppose the object of the Association in presenting this passage of 
Scripture as the subject of a Circular, was: 

1st. To ascertain whether the twelve disciples, found by Paul at Ephesus, 
were re-baptized, or not; and 

2d. What was the baptism of the Holy Ghost] When did it commence'? 
and does it now continue] 

The limits of a Circular Letter will only permit us to give an outline ot 
what we conceive is the meaning of this passage of Scripture. Perhaps no 



part of the word of God has been more earnestly contested than this. And 
it must be admitted tkat the controversy is important. To decide this ques- 
tion, it is especially necessary to notice what Paul said and what he did. — 
He said, in the 4th and 5th verses, that John verily baptized with the bap- 
tism of repentance, saying unto the people that they should believe on him 
who should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they (the peo- 
ple) heard this, (from John,) they were baptized (by John) in the name of 
the Lord Jesus. And in the Gth verse, we are told what Paul did. He laid 
his hands upon them, &c. This illustration is clear, from the fact that John 
taught the people to believe in Christ Jesus who was to come; and baptized 
his disciples in the name of Jesus Christ, as this passage declares. But if 
Paul, or any of the apstles had baptized these twelve disciples at Ephesus,he 
or any of them would, no doubt, have baptized them in the name of the Fa- 
ther, Son and Holy Ghost. For, according to Chronology, it was in the year 
57, when Paul came to Ephesus, nearly 24 years after Christ gave the com- 
mission to baptize in the name of the Trinity. This circumstance of itself, 
is sufficient to prove that these twelve disciples were not baptized. Paul in 
these verses was confirming the baptism of John, and showing that these 
twelve disciples shonld not be re-baptized, and that the statement was made 
by Paul for the express purpose of showing that the baptism which they had 
received, was valid and all sufficient. Accordingly, he first reminded them 
that John's was a baptism unto repentance, which was known to be exactly 
true with regard to apostolic baptism. He then assured them that John's 
baptism required faith in Christ, which was known to be another distinguish- 
ing property of the baptism of the apostles. See Acts 20,21. It is hence 
undeniable, that the remarks of the apostle, so far as they went, tended di- 
rectly to confirm the identity of the baptism of John, and that of the apostles. 
There is then no way of avoiding the conclusion, either that Paul aimed to 
show the sufficiency of John's baptism, or he did that which it was not his 
intention to do. From these considerations, it appears obvious, that the 
whole misunderstanding about this passage has proceeded from the supposi- 
tion that the declaration of Paul ended with the 4th verse, and that the 5th 
is the original language of Luke. Only let it be understood, as we think we 
have satisfactorily shown, that Paul's remarks continued through the 5th 
verse, for the purpose of giving a complete description of the baptism of 
John, and all is intelligible and conclusive, 

It is thought by some, that these twelve disciples were re-baptized, because 
they knew only the baptism of John, and John's was not the Christian bap- 
tism. But they do not get such an idea from the New Testament. For 
Christ said, "the law and the prophets were uhtil John; since that time, the 
kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it." Luke 10, lt>. 
This is, no doubt, the kingdom which Daniel said "the God of heaven would set 
up," Dan. 2 , 44, which John preached. This fact is clear from Mark 1, 1 — 5 , 
where he calls John's preaching and baptism, "the beginning of the gospel 
of Jesus Christ, &c, which proves to a demonstration, that John's was the 
Christian baptism. It is further confirmed, from the fact, that when Jesus 
and his disciples came into the land of Judea, and there he tarried with them, 
and baptized. John also was baptizing in iEnon near to Salim, because there 



was much water there, and they came and were baptized, John 3: 22, 23, which 
.shows that the baptism of John and the baptism of Christ were the same. But 
His said these twelve disciples were ignorant of the Holy Ghost. And it is not 
known whether they were baptized by John or some of his disciples. To 
which we reply, that we have no account in the Scriptures, of John's disci- 
ples baptizing 1 any. Therefore it is preposterous to say they were baptized 
by John's disciples. 

We would further ask, were John and Andrew and the other disciples, 
who vent from John to Jesus, re-baptized? There is no reason to suppose 
so, and every reason to the contrary. Why were they not re-baptized'? — 
Was it because these disciples knew the glorification and exaltation of Christ 
ill hi,? resurrection and ascension, and of the gifts of the Holy Ghost as a con- 
sequence of the exaltation of Christ'? We suppose not. No fact appears more 
clear from the Scriptures, than that for a considerable time, the immediate 
disciples cf the Savior were utterly ignorant of the nature of the principles 
and doctrine, and kingdom which our Savior was then building up in Judea, 
and even to the day our Savior was crucified, tliey understood not the doe- 
trine of the resurrection and ascension, nor of the gift of the Holy Ghost; yet 
he held their baptism valid. 

These twelve were ignorant of the Holy Ghost, it is true; but Paul recognizes 
them as disciples, which is in accordance with the commission given the apos- 
tles, Mat. 28: 20,— "Go ye therefore and teach (disciple) all nations," &c. The 
Avoid teach here means to make disciples before they baptized them. Not 
like the Pedo-baptists, baptize them first, and then make them disciples, or 
let them go unmade, as they choose. He also recognizes them as believers, 
which is in accordance with Mark 16: 16, "He that believeth, and is baptized 
shall be saved.'' But what did they believe'? They believed the Gospel. — 
For it was not necessary for Paul to preach the gospel; neither did he teach 
them anything about the gift of the Holy Ghost; if he. did, the sacred histori- 
ad is silent; he only explained to them the nature of John's baptism. If these 
twelve disciples were ignorant of the Holy Ghost, and were re-baptized, as 
the pedo-baptists would have it, then baptism for validity or invalidity, de- 
pends upon the amount of knowledge a person may possess, and not faith!!! 
Did the Eunuch know anything about the Holy Ghost? He was baptized by 
Philip, but the record does not show that he received the Holy Ghost. Now 
if Paul in his travels had met the Eunuch in Ethiopia, and asked him the 
question put to the twelve disciples at Ephesus, in all probability, he would 
have given a similar answer, "I have not heard that there be any Holy Ghost." 
Philip preached Jesus, the Eunuch believed, and that was enough, "he bap- 
tized him," and the Eunuch went on his way rejoicing. So the twelve dis- 
ciples at Ephesus believed on Jesus, who was to come: and were baptized by 
John. Therefore we come to the conclusion, that these twelve disciples were 
not re-baptized. Neither is there any other Scripture that proves the re- 
baptism of any of John's disciples. And the assertion that these twelve, or 
any of John's disciples were re- baptized, we regard as a Pedo-baptist trick, 
to invalidate John's baptism, and divert the minds of the people from the 
clear preaching of John, that no person ought to be baptized, unless he bring 
forth fruits meet for repentance, and faith in Jesus Christ, and that immer- 



sion only, is Christian baptism. See Mat. 3, 8. Acts 19, 4. — Mark 1, 5 — 9. 
But brethren, let us remember the admonition of Paul, Gal. Is 9. "If any 
man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be 
accursed." 

2dly. What is the baptism of the Holy Ghost! when did it commence'? and 
does it now continue'? These are questions often asked, and quite a variety 
of sentiment entertained concerning them. In the investigation of these 
questions, the Bible alone can shed light on our pathway. Let us to the law, 
then, and the testimony. Let us search the Scriptures, and see what the Lord 
has taught upon the subject. Mat. 3, 11. John says, "I indeed baptize you 
with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me, shall baptize you 
with the Holy Ghost and with fire." See, also, Mark 1, 8. In Acts 1,5, we 
read that Jes ns said, "for John truly baptized with water, but ye shall be 
baptized with the Holy Ghost, not many days hence." Verse 8, "but ye 
shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you." Acts 2, 1 
— 4. "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one 
accord in one place, and suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a 
rushing mighty .wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. — 
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon 
each of them; and they were filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak 
with other tongues, as the spirit gave them utterance." Verse 38, "repent 
and be baptized every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the remis- 
sion of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." Acts 8, 15 — 17. 
"Who (the Apostles Peter and John) when they were come down, prayed for 
them that they might receive the Holy Ghost, for as yet he was fallen on 
none of them, only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then 
laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost." Acts 10 t 
44 — 47. "While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them 
which heard the word, and they of the circumcision which believed were as- 
tonished, as many as came with Peter, because on the Gentiles also was pour- 
ed out the gift of the Holy Ghost, for they heard them speak with tongues 
and magnify God. Then answered Peter, can any man forbid water, that 
these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Ghost as well as 
we." Acts 19, 1 — G. Paul found certain disciples at Ephesus. — "And when 
Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they 
spake with tongues and prophecied." These are all the principal passages 
in the New Testament which mention that remarkable and extraordinary 
bestowment of the Holy Ghost. We submit a few remarks upon these passa- 
ges. 

1. The baptism of the Spirit, was not the gift of miracles. The prophet* 
wrought miracles, and yet they were not baptized in the Spirit. The apostles 
before this Pentecostal day, performed many miracles, they healed the sick, 
cleansed the lepers, and cast out devils. And yet during the time of the Sa- 
vior's sojourn on earth, the apostles were not baptized in the Spirit. 

2. No one was ever baptized in the Holy Ghost, until the day of Pentecost, 
as recorded in the second chapter of the Acts of the Apostles. John the Bap- 
tist predicted that the Savior should baptize his people with the Holy Ghost, 
Jesus promised his disciples, just before his ascensioD. that he would baptize 



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them in the Holy Ghost, "not many days hence." And Peter declares, on 
the day of Pentecost, that the prophecy of Joel was fulfilled in what the peo- 
ple then saw and heard. It had never been fulfilled till that time: the end 
of the ages had come: Jesus had ascended up on high: He had sat down, on 
the throne of mediation, and the Spirit of God, as foretold by the prophet, 
was shed forth. If the baptism of the Spirit had been previously bestowed; 
if it had existed before "the last days," then Joel did not prophecy of its then 
coming, and Peter was mistaken in his interpretation of the Scriptures. If 
it exeisted before, or in the days of John the Baptist why did John tell the 
people that Jesus would bestow if? And why did Jesus promise his disci- 
ples, as a peculiar and extraordinary gift, that he would baptize them in the 
Holy Spirit; but we presume that this position will not be disputed. 

5. The baptism of the Holy Ghost was peculiar to the apostolic age, and 
ceased with it. We see that those baptized in the Holy Spirit, all spake 
with tongues. The apostles on the day of Pentecost. So did the house of 
Cornelius. And so did the twelve disciples at Ephesus. Thus in every case 
where the effects of the baptism of the Holy Spirit are mentioned, its recip- 
ients are represented as speaking with tongues. On two occasions, and on 
but two, was this gift bestowed miraculously, or direct from heaven; that is, 
on the day of Pentecost, on the Jews, and on the Gentiles, when the gospel 
was first preached to them in the house of Cornelius. The power to confer 
it ordinarily was given to the apostles alone, and they exercised it by the 
imposition of hands. Thilip did not possess this power, else why did he not 
impart the Holy Ghost to those he baptized in Samaria] Paul was an Apos- 
tle, and hence he laid his hands on the twelve disciples at Ephesus, and they 
received the Holy Ghost. There is no intimation of its being thus imparted 
by any except apostles; and there is no evidence of its ever being given oth- 
erwise than by imposition of their hands, except the two instances named. — 
And as we have shown that all who were baptized in the Holy Spirit spake 
with tongues, (and speaking with tungues ceased with the apostles,) it is a 
clear case that the baptism of the Holy Spirit ceased with the apostles. But 
if any one says that the baptism of the Holy Ghost is continued till now, 
call on him for the proof, that is, to speak Avith tongues he has never learned, 
and if he fails to do it; brand him as an impostor. 

The peculiarity of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, as already stated, was 
the gift of tongues. In this alone was it distinguished from the spiritual be- 
stowment of other ages. John, Elizabeth and Zechariah were all filled with 
the Holy Ghost, and yet we are not justified in calling it the Baptism of the 
Holy Ghost. No man previous to Pentecost, had ever spoken with tongues 
by the Holy Spirit. The command of the Savior to the apostles was, "to go 
and teach all nations," — "to preach the gospel to every creature." They 
were unprepared to discharge the duties of their commission. Hence they 
were told to remain in Jerusalem until they were "endued with power from 
on high." They remained there until the day of Pentecost, then they were 
baptized in the Holy Ghost, and immediately in the different tongues, or lan- 
guages of the earth, they commenced proclaiming the way of life and salva- 
tion. This supernatural gift was necessary, not only for the confirmation of 
the gospel, but under the circumstances then surrounding the infant state of 
the church. 



11 

Through this baptism of the Holy Ghost, the .apostles became more know- 
ing, and had a greater understanding of the mysteries of the gospel, and were 
better qualified to preach it to people of all nations and languages. 

In conclusion, \vc remark, that inasmuch as the baptism of the Holy 
Ghost had ceased, those who pray for it, pray as improperly, as if they were 
to ask God to give them power to work miracles, and grant them inspiration. 
They ask amiss, and therefore their prayers are never answered. The Spir- 
it is not now shed forth, as on the disciples in the beginning. No one now, 
as persons were men, is put entirely under its influences — "fiUed with the 
Holy Crhost." 

We think we have shown, beyond successful contradiction, 

1 . That the twelve disciples found by Paul at Ephesus, were not re-baptized, 
but that Paul there confirms John's baptism. 

2. That the baptism of the Holy Ghost, enabled the apostles and others to 
speak with tongues, and to have a correct understanding of the Scriptures. 
and 

■:;, That it ceased with the apostles * 

"May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you." 



* See Dr. Gill's Exposition of Acts 19, 1—7. Also T. Meredith on Acts 
Vj 4—5. 



Churches. 



Head of 1st Broad, 
Mt. Vernon, 
Cane Creek, 
Mt. Zion, 
Mt. Lebanon. 
Zion Hill, 
Cool Spring, 
Shiloah, 
Green's Creek, 
Green River, 
Cooper Gap, 
Hock Spring, 
Pleasant Hill, 
Sulphur Spring, 
Mt. Pleasant," 
Harmony Grove, 
Bethel, 
Hound Hill, 
Moutain Creek. 
I) ills 1 Creek, 
Montford's Cove, 
Silver Creek, 
Columbus, 
Dysartsville, 
Sandy Spring, 



Post Office. 



Head of 1st Broad 
I Rutherford ton, 

! Patten Home, 
jPolkville, 
j Logan's Store, 
[Camp Call, 

Webb's Ford, 

Rutherford ton, 

Sandy Plains, 
I Mill's Gap, 
I Cooper's Gap, 
[Grassy Knob, 

llutherfordton, 

Butler, 

Webb's Ford, 

Dysartsville, 

Sugar Hill, 

Cuba, 

Rutherfordton, 



Grassy Knob, 
Cedar Creek, 
Mill's Gap, 
I Columbus, 
Dysartsville, 
Sandy Plains, 



Counties. 



Rutherford, N. C 

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Cleaveland, : ' 

Rutherford, 
Cleaveland, '•' 

Rutherford, 

Polk, 

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McDowell, 

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McDowell, 
Polk, 



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Ministers' Names. 


Post Office. 


Counties. 


Elder J. C.Grayson, 


Dysartsville, 


McDowell, N.C. 


" Lewis McCnrry, 


Polkville, 


Cleavland, " 


ff Wm.Harrill, 


Webb's Ford, 


Rutherford, '• 


" H.Culbreath, 


Rutherford ton, 


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" Joab Wilkey, 


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" B. E. Rollins, 


Head of 1st Broad, 


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11 A. J. Cansler, 


Columbus, 


Polk, 


" A.Padgett, 


Sandy Plains, 


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» W. H. Logan, 


Grassy Knob, 


Rutherford, " 


" B. Page, 


Sa->dy Plains, 


Polk, ", 



Rev. J. H. Yarboro, 

" A. 0. Lynch, 

" A. Roach, 

c: J. R. Harmon, 

u J. R. Bowman, 

" Wni. Haynes, 

" J.H.Taylor, 

" M. D.Corn, 



Licentiates 

Taylorsville, 
Green Hill, 
Mill's Gap, 
I Rutherford ton, 



Grassy Knob, 
Mills 5 ' Gap, 



Alexander, 
Rutherford . 
Polk, 
Rutherford 



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MINUTES 



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TWENTY-SECOND ANNUAL SESSION 



OF THE 



GREEN HIV 



BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 



HELD | WITH THE CHURCH 



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OCTOBER 1—4, 1860. 



RUTHERFORDTON, K C. : 

PRINTED AT THE "RUTHERFORD PRESS" OFFICE. 
1861, 



PROCEEDINGS. 



FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1860. 

The Green River Association convened this day at Cooper's Gap 
Meeting House^ Polk County, N. C. 

The introductory sermon was preached by Elder A. J. Cansler 
from the Songs of Solomon : 6th chapter and 10th verse. 

The delegates assembled in the house, and were called to order 
by the former Moderator. 

Prayer by the Moderator. 

The letters from all the churches (excepting one) were read, 
the names of the delegates enrolled, and the state of the churches 
minuted. 

On motion, Camp Creek church, a ntwly constituted body was 
received. 

Elected Elder J. C. Grayson, Moderator, and Elder A. J 
Cansler, Clerk. 

Appointed EMers L. McCurry, B, E. Rollins and D. D. Lati* 
more, with the Moderator and Clerk, a Committee of Arrangements. 

Adjourned to Saturday morning 10 o'clock*. Praver by Elder 
W. Harrill. 

SATURDAY, COT. 2. 

The Association met according to adjournment. Prayer by El- 
der M. C. Barnett. 

The report of the Committee of Arrangements was read an d 
adopted. 

Read the Rules of Decorum. 

Appointed J. W. Morgan, D. Feagans and D. D. Latiinore, a 
Committee of Finance. 

Culled for Correspondence from Sister Associations, *yhen the 
following were read : 

Broad River — Elder M. C. Barnett, with a letter and minutes, 

Salem— A. J. Gibbes. E.Allison. 

Tyger River— T. E. Prince. 

King's Mountain — — - 

Committee on correspondence: J. U.WMtesides, W. S* Hill and 
R. W. Morgan, 



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Appointed the following messengers to correspond ap bodies. 

Broad River — A. Padgett, W. I). Lancaster, J C Sharp. 

King's Mountain— -J. C. Grayson, L. McCurry, A. J. Canslor. 
J Iv Bowip.sd, Wm, Harrill, A. Padgett, Wi D. Lancaster, J. 
II. Harmoc, 3» Whitesides., R. 0. Ledbetter. 

Salem— W. H. Logan, J, 11. Harmon, J. L. Whitesides, R. W. 
Morgan, J. 0. Sharp. 

Tyger River— J, R. Harmon, A. J. Cansler, J. C. Sbaru'ancl 
R. W. morgan. ^ . 

Agreed that the next Union Meeting be held at Cool Spring 
M. H., Rutherford County, N. C, to commence on Friday before 
the 4th Sabbath in July, 1861. The following ministers to attend: 
Elders J. C, Grayson, L. McCurry, B. E. Rollins, A. J. Cansler, 
A. Padgett. 

Elected Elder M. C. Earnett to preach the Missionary Sermon 
on Sabbath, Eider L. McCurry to preach at 10 o'clock, and Elder 
J. C. Grayson at 2' o'clock. 

On motion, a letter of dismission was granted to Zion Hill 
Church to join the Kings Mountain Association. 

The next session of this body to convene at Bethel 31. H., Mo- 
Dowel], on Friday before the 1st Sunday in October, 1861. t, 

Elected Elder B. E. Rollins to preach the Introductory seruiGn. 

Elected Elder A. 0. Lynch to write the next Circular letter. 

The report of the Committee to settle with the Treasurer of the 
book eonrorn, was read and adopted. 

The Committee of Finance reported 832,10 received. 

On motion, adjourned to Monday morning, d o'clock. Prayer by 
Elder J. R. Harmon. 

SABBATH. 

The weather was very inclement. The brother appointed to 
preach at 10 o'clock did not attend, on account of ill health. 
Elder M. C. Earnett preached, after which a collection was taken 
up, which amounted to $20.50 cents. Elder J. C. Grayson 
preached at 2 o'clock ; followed by Elder 13. E.Rollins. It is 
fondly hoped that the good seed sown will produce a copious crop. 

MONDAY, OCT. 3. 

The Association met according to adjournment. Prayer by EN 
dtr A. Padgett. 

On motion, the following Committee was appointed to visit Sul- 
phur Spring Church, viz : J* C. Grayson, A. /. Cansler, B. E. 
Rollins, W. Rarrill, A. Padgett, to meet on Friday before the 5th 
Sabbath in December iie^.t, to examine into the causewhy said 
Church has not been represented. 

V Resolved, That we adopt ifce Biblical Recorder as the organ 
'of this body, and advise our brethren to aid in\its circulation. 

Elected the following delegates to the Western Convention: J. C, 
Grayson, B. Rollins, L. McCuiry and A. J. Cansler. 



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Read and adopted the report of the Committee on correspondence. 

Resolved, That the Clerk have ten dollars for his services, and 
have as many minutes pointed as he can for the money on hand. 

Ecsolved, That the thrnks of this body be tendered to the peo- 
ple! of this community for the hospitality manifested during our 
session. 

Read and adopted the ruinulos. 

The Association then adjourned to meet at the time and place 
appointed. 

J. C, GRAYSON, Moderator. 

Alex. J. Cansler, Clerk. 



A. O. LYNCH'S REPOKT. 

We, the undersigned, having been appointed a Committee to setw 

tie with J. M. Hamilton, Treasurer of the book concern, submit 

the following report : 

Whole amount of books in Treasuier's hands $102.96 

Treasurer lias receipts for .113.60 

Due Treasurer 830 

Due J, II. Bowman, Colporteur 4. -16 

The amount due the Treasurer and Colporteur, paid by sale of 

books. The balance of books divided in the Association among 

the Churches. 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. 0. LYNCH, Chm'n. 
The amount of books in hands of Mr. Han-ill $13.85, which is 

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MINISTERS' NAMES AND POST OFFICES. 

McDowell County, N. 0. 



J. C. Grayson, 
L. McCurry, 
Win. Harrill, 
3. E. Rollins, 
Joab Wilkey, 
H- Culbreath, 
A. J. Cansler, 
A. Padgett, 
J. R, Harmon, 
W. H. Logan, 
A. 0. Lynch, 



Dysartsville, 
Marion, 
Webb's Ford, 
Pirst Broad, 
Rutherfordton, 



Rutherford 
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Polk 



Columbus, 

Sandy Plains, 

Rutherfordton, Rutherford 

Grassy Knob, 

Green Hill, " 

LICENTIATES. 



Wake Forest, 

Green Bill, 
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Rutherfordton, 
Columbus, 
Mills' Gap, 
W. D. Lancaster, Sandy Plains, 
M. D. Corn, j? 

Wm. Blanton, Grassy Knob, 



J. H. Yarbro', 
J. R- Bowman. 
W. Haynes, 
E. L. Taylor, 
J. C. Sharp, 
A. Roach, 



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CHUBGHES AND THEIR POST OFFICES, 



Head 1st Broad, 
Mt. Yernon, 
Cane Creek, 
Mt. Zion, 
Mt. Lebanon, 
Zion Hill, 
Cool Spring, 
Shiloab, 
White Oak, 
Green Creek, 
Cooper's Gap, 
Hock Spring, 
Pleasant Hill, 
Sulhpur Spring, 
Mt. Pleasant, 
Harmony Grove, 
Bethel, 
Hound Hill, 
Mountain Creek. 
Bill's Creek, 
Montfbrd's Cove, 
Silver Creek, 
Columbus, 
Dysartsviile, 
Sandy Spring, 
Camp Creek," 



First Broad, 

Rutherfordton, 

Patten Home, 

Polkville, 

Logan's Store, 

Camp Call, 

Rutherfordton, 
a 

Columbus, 
Sandy Plains 
Cooper's Gap, 
Grassy Knob, j , 
Rutherfordton, 
Butler, 

.Rutherfordton, 
Dysarfcsville, 
Sugar Hill, 
Oaba, 

Gr-en Hill, 
Grassy Knob, 
Cedar Creek, 
Mills' Gap, 
Columbus, 
Dysartsville ; 
^andy Plains, 
Patten Home. 



CLERK'S NOTE. 

No one regrets more than I do, the delay in the publish™ rJ 
hese Minutes. Soon after the adjournment of the P A Sof 

heard from t ' by some means they never have been 

o KJr T f? • °°mpelled.to P™pare and have publish- 
eatne foregoing. It ls imperfect, the .Circular letter was sent 

TotSi^V U f Pre ? are Md ^ ^ these minufe ' 

be thus accounted for d,sadvanta ^ ** *** all mistakes will 

Yours ic Christ, 

CLERK. 







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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4th to 7th, 



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Fribay, October 4th, 1S6-1, 

' The Green River Baptist Association, eonvcncd't'his day, at Bethel M. H. ; 
"McDowell county, N. C. 

The Introductory Sermon was preached by Elder B. E. Rollins, from 8th 
Chapter of Mark, 36th and 37th verses. 

After a short intermission, the delegates assembled in the house, and 
were called to order by the former Moderator. Prayer by the Moderator-^ 

Letters from all the Churches "'(excepting one)Vere read, the names of 
the delegates enrolled, and the State of the Churches minuted. 

On motion, Zion Hill, a newly constituted Church, was received. 

Re-elected Elder J. C. Grayson, Moderator, and A. J. Cansler, Clerk. 

The following Committee of Arrangements "Was ' appointed: L. MeCurry, 
D. E. Rollins, A. 0. Lynch, with the Moderator and Clerk. 

Received the following -correspondents: 

Frovi the Broad River Association: — Elder D. "Wray. 

■From, the Salon. — Elders E. Morgan, Qf. R. Morgan, X. Souther and J. W. 
LedbeUer. 

From the King's Mountain: — Elder G. W. Rollins. 

From, the Tyger River. — None. 

Adjourned to Saturday morning 10 o'clock. Prayer by Eld. GAT. Rollins. 



SATURDAY '-MORNING, OCTOBER 5th. 

The Association met according to adjournment. Prayer by Elder E. 
Morgan. 

The report of the Committee of Arrangemenst read and adopted. 

Read the Rules of Decorum. 

The following committee of Finance was appointed: J. W. Morgan, J. U. 
Whiteside, and J. C. Waldrop. 

Committee on Correspondents are, Vv in. II. Logan, J. F. Pendergrassand 

A. M. Ledbetter. 

The lollovv'ing Corresponding Messengers were appointed. 

To the Froad River. — L. MeCurry, A. J. Cansler, and D. I). Latimore. 

To the Salem. — J. C. Grayson, J. W. Morgan, R. Whiteside, J. P. Pendcr- 
grass and Jqhn Hemphill. 

To the Tyger licrer.— W. Wiikey, E. L. Taylor, W. II. Logan. 

To the Ca-aaba. — L. MeCurry. 

To the King's Mountain— B. E. Rollins. J. Wiikey, L. MeCurry, A. J. Cans- 
ler, I). 1). Latimore and Wm. Ilarrill. 

The request from the Church at Columbus, was laid on the table, on mo- 
tion of one of the delegates from that Church. 

Jesse Pergerson, an excluded member from Mt. Vernon Church holds a 
letter of dismission from said Church: We advise the brethren of other 
Churches not to receive his letter. 

The next session of this body will c-ommenc-e at C-ooi Spring 'M^etimg 
House, Rutherford county, N. C, on Friday ; before the 1st iSabbatlrin L Oc- 
tobcr, 1362. 

Elected Elder L. MeCurry to preach the Introductory Sermon, Elder- A. i\ 
Cansler, alternate. 

The request from the Roan Mountain Association, desiring to open cor- 
respondence with us, was laid on the table, and that a letter be written to 
them, informing them of the cause. 

Invited transient Ministers to seats with us, when Rev. E. K. Blanton and 

B. Taylor accepted the invitation. 



The following committee on preaching was appointed, viz: John Moms, 
James Raburn, E. Toms, D. D. Latimore and R. Whiteside. 

The next Union Meeting will be held at Green's Creek M. II., Polk coun- 
ty, N. G, on Friday before the 3rd Sabbath in August, 1862. The fol- 
lowing Ministers to attend, viz: J. C. Grayson, B. E. Rollins, L. McCurry, 
A. Padgett, W. Ilarrill, J. F. Pendergrass and A. J. Cansler. 

The Circular Letter prepared by A. 0. Lynch, on the subject of Temper- 
ance, was read and adopted. 

Elected Elder J. C. Grayson, to write the next Circular Letter. 

Elected Eider A. J. Cansler, to preach the Missionary Sermon next year. 

The Committee of Finance made their report, which was read and adopted. 

Adjourned to 9 o'clock Monday morning, Prayer by Elder A. 0. Lynch. 



SABAATH, October 6th, 1861. 

The Stand was occupied at 10 o'clock, by Elder A. J. Cansler, followed 
by Elder L. McCurry, (Missionary Sermon.) The collection amounted to 
$20 10 cents. 

At 1 o'clock, by Elder G. W. Rollins, followed by Elder B. E. Rollins, 
who closed the exercises of the day It is fondly hoped, from the solemni- 
ty exhibited, that good will result from the exercises of the day. 



MONDAY MORNING, October 7th. 

The Association met according to adjournment. Prayer by Eider A. J. 
Cansler. 

The folio-wing resolutions were offered and unanimously adopted: 

Resolved. That we request each Chuich in our Union, to hold a weekly 
prayer meeting in behalf of the Southern Confederacy, the soldiers that are 
or may be in service in the Confederacy, and for the prosperity of the causu 
of Christ among us. The meeting to be held on Sabbath at 1 1 o'clock. 

Resolved, That the Sabbath collection be paid into the hands of the Mis- 
sionary in the McDowell field. 

Whereas, There has been a rent in the King's Mountain Association on 
the subject oftemperance, and that some of the renting Churches adjoin 
this body. 

Be it Resolved, That Ave advise our Churches not to have any fellowship 
With them, for we look upon them as being in gross disorder. 

Whereas', The distracted condition of our country has stopped many of 
our religious newspapers, and will stop more, if not better sustained; and 

Whereas, The ^Biblical Recorder" of our own State, is a paper of long 
standing, and edited by our brother Ilufham, in an able and bastistic man- 
ner. 

Resolved, That we recommend its patronage to our brethren, hoping that 
they will strive to extend its circulation. 

Resolved, That the Clerk have §> 10 for his services, and that he have a? 
many Minutes printed as he can for the remainder of the money. 

The following delegates were elected to the- W.e&tefh Convention: J. C. 
Grayson, L. McCurry, B. E. Rollins and A. J. Cansler. 

R~ezolved, That the thanks ofthisbodybe tendered to this neighborhood 
for the hospitality extended to us during the session of this body. 

The Association adjourned to the time and place before mentioned. 

Praver bv Elder L. McCurry. 

J. C. GRAYSON. Mod,.. 

A. J. Canslhr, Clerk. 



Minister's Names and Post Offices. 



J. C. Grayson, 


Dysartsville, 


DcDowcll 


County, 


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L. Mc Curry, 


Marion, 


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Win. Harrill, 


Webb's Ford, 


Rutherford 


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B, E. Rollins, 


First Broad, 


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Joab Wilkcy, 


Rutherfordton, 


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H. Culbreth, 


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A. J. Cansler, 


Columbus, 


Polk 


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A. Padgett, 


Sandy Plains, 


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J. R. Harmon, 


Rutherfordton 


Rutherford 


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W. IT. Logan, 


Grassy Knob, 


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A. 0. Lynch, 


Green Hill, 


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Sandy Plains, 


Polk 


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Marion, 

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J. II. Yarbaro, 
Win. Haynes, 
A. Roach, 



Wake Forest, N. C. 
Green Hill, u 
Columbus, " 



W. D. Lancaster, Hicksville, 



W. J. Wilkey, 

A. II. McMahan, 



Rutherfordton, " 
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J. R. Bowman, Green Hill, 

E. L. Taylor, Rutherfordton, 

M. D. Corn, Colvwubus, 

Win, Blanton, Grassy Knob, 

B. F. Taylor, Dysartsville, 



K. C. 



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The Green River Association to ike Chvrches in Union — Greeting: 

Dka.ii Brethren in Christ: — Desiring your prosperity and welfare to bo- •. 
continued and perpetuated, we address you an epistle of love on the subject 
Of Temperance, which we hope you will receive as far as truth and duty de- 
mands at your hands, and search ths, Scriptures daily, to know and under- 
stand the mind of the Holy Spirit in this as well as other doctrines of divine 
truth. Bat before wo proceed to the investigation of the subject, we will 
simply define, in our judgment, the nieoning and idea of the word. Temper- 
mice, as being a moderate use of all things- good and needful, God haying 
made for the benefit of man for food and nutriment, to promote his happi- 
ness, perpetuate society, and glorify his Maker in doing good. Then the in- 
ference is, it has its opposite, which we mast also define as being a tee-total 
abstinence from all things injurious, hurtful or pernicious, either to ourself, 
our neighbor, or dishonoring to j God *our' Creatbr; as the lusts of the fresh, 
the lust of the eye, and the pride of life, bad pursuits, and false enjoyments, 
contrary to the will and word of God; habits and customs of t>-e world, 
which lieth in wickedness. Right has its opposite, and error has its oppo- 
site, or in other words, the spirit, of truth and the spirit of falsehood; tbe 
works of God, and the works of the devil; a broad way and a narrow way; 
Self-denial, or self justification; to be led by the Spirit, or be taken captive - 
by the devil at his own will. Now,, which of these things will you choose, 
the works of light or the works of darkness? II e= that loveth truth, cometh 
to the light; then have no fellowship- with the unfruitful works of darkness, 
but rather reprove them. , Eyery disobedience and transgression of the 
word of God is an intemperate act, as is adultery, fornication, taking the 
name of Clod in vain, breaking the Sabbath, disobedience to parents, murder, 
stealing, swearing faisehy lying, covetousness, pride, backbiting, drunken- 
ness, and many such like things. Wc are not to touch, taste nor handle, 
but avoid them, pass them by and stand aloof. Then the idea advanced 
by some, that it takes the using ofa thing to constitute temperance, is null 
and void, and of no effect. We must abstain not only from evil, but its 
very appearance. — Thess. v: 22, Felix and his wife Drusilla, according to 
Josephus, were both living in a state of adultory, but some think that her 
husband, the king of Edessa, had been dead about three years before this 
time; but this docs not .change. the, feature of the case under consideration 
concerning thesr guilt. Then how applicable the reasoning of the apostle 
Paul to them in their condition in life, and in reference to judgment to come, 
which made Felix tremble. Now, temperance in this case, must have ref- 
erence to criminal marriages, and especially to Felix's unchaste propensi- 
ties, and unlawful living. And if we are right in the premises, and certain- 
ly we are, temperance does not mean what some have vainly supposed; for 
then we must eat of everything, and ckink some of everything, and do a 
little of everything., in order to be temperate. But some will be ready, 
perhaps, to ask a question here, and say, What does it mean when Paul said 
they were, or are temperate in all things?—! Cor. ix: 25. It simply means 
lawful striving. "And. if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not 
crowned, except he strive lawfully." 2 Tim. ii: 25. According to the law 
of game-racing, for. the. law prescribed rules, diet, and regulations for all 
who put themselves under its demand for victory and success; and if not 
strictly conformed to, though a man might run, and beat everybody that 
were ruuning, yet he could not get the crown for the lack of lawful stri- 
ving; then they in the. present tense, are temperate in all things; they then 



Mft as the law. prescribed,, and drank only as the law prescribed, and psae- 
ticed only as the law prescribed,, and .abstained from everything else; so 
they used what was allowed them ,of the various diets and drinks. In all. 
they were temperate, for their advantage, and in honor to the laws of those . 
games. And how much more should we be for our advantages, peace, pros- 
perity and longevity to the honor of God and his word.. They did it for a. 
corruptible crown, but we are incorruptible. How. foolish it would be to 
live a 'life of self-gratification and indulgence in any species of vice, which 
only lasts .for, a season, then vanishes forever. 

There are many unprofitable habits men and women get into, which seema 
Iq be a pleasure to them, such as chewing and smoking tobacco. We 
knowat is a filthy practice at least, and also an idle practice, or a waste 
of, time, "more or less, and very often dangerous, and sometimes attended 
with much loss and damage; and with .all the rest, it is an expensive prac- 
tice, and at mosc, the appetite is an artificial one, and nature is forced to 
yield to custom, or habit. We suppose it is a stimulant, and not a nutri- 
tive, and in all probability a man would live longer without, than with it. 
But_of course we admit that it is and must be a pleasure to those who ac- 
custom themselves to its use. But this is no excuse. We might, get into a 
thousand things which nature has no taste for, till forced on her by artificial 
indulgence. The child is not, bora with any such appetites, but when they . 
grow up, each one forms one for himself, and it is to be hoped that the ri- 
sing generation will avoid this expensive, stimulating-, unlawful, practice, 
and lay a better example tor the rest to -follow. Let this be remembered, 
that artificial appetites generally increase, while natural ones do not. — 
Habits formed, are hard to quit, and the most of men would be glad if they 
were out of them; so if we could, we would help them, &c. 

Temperance is a fruit of the Spirit of Christ in a believer's heart, (G-al.v: 
23,) which will manifest itself by ajust control of all our passions and ap- 
petites; for they that are Christ's.. have crucified the flesh with its affections 
and lusts. The Christian must have knowledge; then add to knowledge 
temperance, self control.by the aid and influence of the Holy Spirit, morti- 
fying the deeds, of the. body, being led on into all right doing as God re- 
quires at our hands, eating for strength, and drinking for strength, doing 
all to the glory of God. . This, your moderation will show the Lord in your 
works and acts. . But some will say, do you mean the drinking of alcohol- 
to the glory of God? Answer: We cannot glorify God in doing what he for- 
bids us to do; but by doing it would be a disowning him, .and a shame orb 
ourselves, in going beyond our bounds; and it would amount to an intem- 
perate act. God told Adam and Eve not to touch or eat of the tree of 
knowledge of good and evil. Now look at the effects of their act on our 
world. And does not God speak in tones of thunder in our ears, saying, 
look not upon the wine when it is red?. Prov. xxiii: 31. And let God be 
true and every man a liar. Horn. -hi: 4. Can he reverse it, or will he doit? 
Has he not spoken, and will he not make it good? Heaven and earth shall 
pass away, but, my words shall not pass away. How then can it be the same 
kind of wine as that where he. says, Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and 
drink thy wine with a merry heart. Eccl. ix: 7. . It. would be hard for an. 
idiot to charge God with such folly and contradiction; how much more then 
intelligible beings? And God saySj come eat of my bread- and drink of the 
wine I have mingled. Prov.ix: 5. . Then how could a child think it to be 
the same kind of wine with that where he says, Wo to him that giveth his. 
neighbor drink. Habkkuk. ii: 15. This is. not God's manner of doing: they, 
are as foreign from being the same kinds of wine, as daylight is from, dark ~ 
ness, or the juice of the apple from brandy. Good wineas a symbol of mercy 
and favor, while bad wine is a symbol of corruption and misery, for all na- 
tions have drank of the wine of the, wrath of her fornication, lie v. xviii: 3,, 
which is corrupting doctrines and seducing, spirits of devils; and bad wine 
produces similar effects. It corrupts man's: morals; it corrupts society, .and. 



carries away the heart; Hosea iv: 11.; but good wine maketh glad the heart 
of man', Psalm 104: 25, and is drank with milk abundantly, Song v: 1, and 
shows the freencss of the gospel. Come buy wine and milk without-money 
or price, Isaiah lv: 1. Then the Savior made good wine out of water, nu- 
tritious, wholesome and healthy, void of intoxication, a symbol of the rich- 
ness of his mercy, and thus manifested forth his glory. John ii. And thou 
didst drink the pure blood of the grape. Deut. xxxii, 14. Christ is com- 
pared to the best wine, that goes down sweetly, Cant, vii: 9; but bad wine 
is a mocker, and strong drink is raging, and whosoever is deceived thereby is 
not wise. Prov. xx: 1. Such wine is the poison of dragons, and cruel venom 
of asps, Deut. xxxii: 33. And they drink the wine of the condemned, Amos 
ii: 8, and lying prophets prophesy of it, Micah ii: 11, that it is right to drink 
it; then they bring it and fill themselves with it, and boasteth of to-morrow: 
Isaiah lvi: 12. But it is an erring wine, and puts them out of the way, the 
priest as well as the prophet. Isaiah xxviii: 1. They are described as 
mingling strong drink, and the wo is upon them; Isaiah v: 22, and ere they 
are aware of it, will bite them like a serpent, and sting them like an adder. 
Prov. xxiii: 32. Then be not among wine bibbers: 20th verse. To the law 
and to the testimony. 

Here then, is sufficient proof, and the Scriptures cannot be broken. Christ 
was the song of the drunkards, because he drank nutritious wine: but stu- 
pefying wines he would not receive at the hand of his enemies. Psalms 69: 
21 — Matt, xxvii: 34. ' Wine mixed with water would become sour, then it 
was no more than the dross of silver. Isaiah i: 22. And in the drinking 
of sour wine or vinegar, whoredom follows it as a natural consequence: 
Hosea iv: 18, and God would not suffer the Jews to eat any leaven in all their 
habitations at the Passover. Jer. xii: 20. Then intoxicating wine is wholly 
out of the question under any consideration. The feast of the Passover las- 
ted seven days; and how could they drink intoxicating wines, assymbols of 
mercy and to know God, when no drunkard is to enter heaven? Could our 
assemblies drink alcohol for one day and not be drunk, not answering the 
question making the Jews six times better than we are, for they would have 
seven chances to our one. And under the Mosaic law, drunkards were to 
be put to death by stoning. Deut. xxi: 18 — 21. Now, did God ever lay 
such temptations for frail erring man? Judge ye, when God cannot be 
tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man. But to be found eating 
and drinking with the drunken, is nothing but death at the coming of Christ. 
Matt, xxiv: 49, 50. 

Now, if there was a wine so bad as we have shown a symbol of corruption 
and misery, what must alcohol be in our day? And if wine slew its thou- 
sands, alcohol has slain its tens of thousands; and if a foreign foe were to 
come and slay only one tenth part as many, would not our country be in 
consternation and alarm, and every child to arms in self defense, as in tho 
present crisis of our national affairs? And did God ever make such an em 
emy to man, as is alcohol? Every discerning spirit must respond no, no.-#» 
He has been brought into being nine hundred years since the Christian era, 
and does he occupy the ground of a friend to bless our world and make; 
men happier, wiser and better, to give them wealth and plenty, or does he 
not fully occupy the grounds of a formidable foe, to blast, to waste, to 
take peace from individuals, from families, from neighborhoods, and from 
countries? Has he not robbed men of health, of wealth, of friends, of comfort, 
and length of life: brought their bodies to adrunkard's grave, and their souls 
to a drunkard's hell? And yet men will love him, handle him, and drink 
him, and be under his influence, and his way is the way to hell going down 
to the chambers of death. Is he not of the devil, a waster and consumer 
of all p-ood, so far as in his power lies? Did you ever know a soul conver- 
ted under his influence? Did he ever bless the churches of Jesus Christ? 
But on the contrary, has he not proved disastrous and destructive to them? 
Then be astonished, heavens, and wonder earth, 



and brought up children, .and they have rebelled against me; that which is 
highly esteemed amongst men is an abomination in the sight of God; and 
those who make and sell alcohol for gain, in the language of John Wesley, 
are poisoners general; they murder his Majesty's subjects by the wholesale; 
neither docs their eye spare nor pity; they drive them to hell like sheep, and. 
the curse of God is on them; a lire that burns to the nethermost hell, and. 
what is their gain but the blood of these men, &c. 

It is said that the number of distilleries in America amount to one hun- 
dred thousand, and that sixty millions of gallons are annually distilled, 
and thirty millions ol dollars are annually spent for drink, and an army of 
four hundred and eighty, thousand drunkards continually kept up. And 
out of that number, thirty thousand die annually, and that seventy-five thou- 
sand persons are imprisoned (J very year on an average, for crime perpetrated, 
under the influence of alcohol. And fifty thousand are put in prison for 
debts, contracted for alcohol. Then is it any wonder that the devil is said 
to be going.abo.ut like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour? — 
And what is better than alcohol in all this vast region, with which to make 
men miserable in life and eternity? And you may watch him if he don't 
make a great fuss even in churches, before he will have it taken from him, 
or give it up, as he cannot succeed' well without it. He has got it on foot, 
and he will fight for it as long as he has a friend to help him. But we hope 
no church will favor -him in the least degree, as they now have too much 
light to be longer deceived by this subtle foe, the enemy of God and man. 
And every vender ought to have it written over the door of his dram-shop: 
"THE WAY TO HELL, GOING DOWN TO THE CHAMBERS OF DEATH," 
that the nations may no longer be deceived, thinking that alcohol will do 
them good. 

Now,, we say in conclusion, we are all accountable to God for our acts, 
examples and influences we wield in this life, and if we make drunkards, we 
must share the drunkard's fate. If we bid them God speed. Ave are parta- 
king of their evil deeds. And we think it morally wrong to distil or traf- 
fick, or use ardent spirits for the sake of pleasure in drinking it as a bever- 
age. It would be contrary to Christ's example and plain declaration of the 
word of God. It would not be doing good to ourselves nor to the honor of 
God; and if wcare instrumental in the hands of the devil in doing evil, we 
certainly must be punished; and if we are instrumental ;in;the hands of God 
in. doing good, it will be well done good am? faithful servant; 

Now may the God of all grace and truth, influence the Churches to live 
soberly and righteously, working in them both to will and to do his good 
pie isure, living and walking in all his commandments and ordinances blame- 
less, without spot or blemish, kept by the power of God, that they may have 
a right to the tree of life, ind finally through Jesus Christ, be permitted to 
enter in through the gates into the heavenly city. 

So may the grace of God ever be with you, world without end. Farewell. 



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OF THE 

• GREEN RIVER B * PTIST ASSOCIATION, 

Converted at Cool Spriny Meeting House, Rutherjord County, J\ T . C. t 
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3d TO 6tli, 1362. 

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The Green River Baptist Association' convened this day at Cool 
Spring Meeting House. Rutherford county, N. 0. ,. 

The Introductory sermon was preach e,d by Elder A. J. Cansler, 
alternate of Elder L.MeCurry, from the92d Psalm, 12th verse. 

Altera short recess, the delegates assembled in the House," and af- 
ter prayci; by Elder L. M. Berry, J. C. 'Grayson, the former Mode- 
rator, proceeded to arrange the bb'dy. 

1st. Read letters from all the cliurches, (excepting two) and min- 
uted their standing. 

Re-elected J. C. Grayson,' Moderator,' and 'elected W. H. Logan, 
Clerk. 

On motion, Marion, a newly constituted Church, was received. 

On motion, corresponding Messengers were called for. 

From Salem — Elder J. A. Stradley. 
• From, Kings Mimtain—J.U. Logan, G. M. Webb, G. W. Rol- 
lins, A. A. McSwain, L. M. Berry, R. Poston. 

From Tiger River — Elder J. C. Green and Wm. Moony. 

From Broad River — 1). Wray. * 

From Catawba — None. 

On motion, transient nlmisters were invited to seats: Elder T. B. 
Justice accepted. 

The Moderator appointed J. W. Morgan and R. Wfiitesides, ia 
connection with the pastor and deacons of the church, a committed 
to arrange preaching during the meeting, Sunday excepted. 

On motion, Elders L. McCurrv, E, A. Poe, A. J. Cansler, wifli 
; the Moderator and Clerk, were appointed the committee of arrange- 
"'-''toi'cnt. • ' 

The following committee of Finance was appointed try the Mod- 
erator, R. 0, Eedbetter, Wm. Wilkey and H. Keeter. 

.Committee on correspondence, A. J. Cansler, Wm Harre!. 
', Committee on Temperance, Elders L. I^cCnrry, A.J. Cansler 
and R. 0. Ledbetter. . 

Then adjourned till 9 oNsloe'k. Saturday morning, Prayer by El- 
• derE. AiPoe. . * 



The Association met according so adjournment, and after prayer- 
meeting proceeded to business. 

The Clerk called the roll. 

The report of the committee of arrangements read and adopted. 

On motion, we appoint one minister and two lay members, as cor- 
respondents to sister Associations, and request, them to report at 
our next annual meeting, whether or not they attended. 

To Tiger River— -Elder A. J. Cansler, and brethren T. C. Page 
and Martin Harris. 

Kingh Mountain — Elder L. McCurry, and brethren P. P. Price- 
and Barzilla Ledbetter, Elders J. C. Grayson, W- Haynes> and brov. 
D. S. McCurry. 

Catawba — -Elder J. C. Grayson, and brethren D. S. McCurry, R 
Whiteside, and Elders A. J. Cansler, L. McCurrv and E. A. Poe. 
• Balem — Elder Wm. Harrel, and brethren K. Of Ledbetter, J. U. 
Whiteside, Elders Wm. Wilkey, W. Haynes and brother J. W 
Morgan. 

Broad liiver- — Elder A. Padgett, and "brethren L. R. Lancaster^ 
Wm. Splawn, Elders Wm. Wilkey and L. McCurry. 

The next session of this body will commence at White Qak Meet- 
ing House, Polk county, N. O, on Friday before the 1st Sabbath in* 
October, 1863, four miles north of Columbus. 

Elected A. J. Cansler to write "the next Circular Letter, his sub- 
ject £d |>e on the Duty of Pastors to Churches and Churches to Pas- 
tors. 

Elected Elder L. McCurry to preach the Missionary senaora id 
1863. 

Elected Elder J. C. Grayson to preach the next Introductory ser- 
som; Elder L. McCurry his alternate. 

Elected Elders J. A. Stradley and L. M. Berry to preach on Sab- 
bath i$ connection with A. J. Cansler, who was previously appointed. 

Elder J. C. Grayson says to the Association that he did not pre-/ 
pare the Circular Letter, in consequence of sickness in his family. 

On motion, the "Association Covenant, Rules of Order, as amend- 
ed, and the Benefits arising from an Association and Communion of 
Churches," be published. .*> 

Kead and adopted the -report on Temperance, Committee dis- 
charged. 

Your committee report that they have examined the Churches, 
(all that are represented) and found no distiller or retailer in any of 
them; but we find that in some of the Churches, some brandy hatv 
beennnade for medical purposes; which we think is wrong. We rec- , 
ommend the adoption of a resolution to exclude that practice. 

L. McCURRY, Chm'n. 

On motion, Peso/veil, That we will not fellowship any Churcrh 
that retains any member that makes, buys, sells or uses any spiritu- 
ous liquors as a beverage, direct! v or indirectly., 



The' report of committee on Finance read and adopted; report 
$35 85. 

Query from Mount Vernon Church: 

Is it consistent for the Green Biver Association to hold the 
Churches that are allowed a seat in her body, strictly bound to & 
temperance resolution, while she will allow corresponding messen- 
gers from her sister Associations, who are allowed to make, vend, 
.and use as a beverage, intoxicating liquors, and even drink to be 
drunken, to have a seat in her body? 

Whereas: We have passed a resolution not allowing any of our 
churches to retain a member that makes, buys, sells, or uses as a 
beverage, any spirituous liquors, directly or indirectly. We answer 
No. If there should be any Church or Association that retains any 
members that are living in violation of said resolution, we will be 
compelled to withdraw from them. 

On motion, agreed that the Sabbath collection be applied to Army 
Missions. 

E. A. Poe paid two dollars for Colportage. 

Resolved, That a committee of nve be appointed to go to Head 
First Broad and Columbus churches, to inquire into their standing, 
and if there should be a ^division at either place, we give to said 
•committee the power to examine and declare for us who are right. 

Committees. — To Head First Broad. — Elders L. McCurry, J. 
0. Grayson, A. J. Canbler, and brethren J. W. Price, D..S. Mc- 
Curry, to meet Thursday before the 2d Lord's day in Nov., 1862. 

To Columbus. — Elders L. McCurry, J. C. Grayson, W. H. Logan, 
A. 0. I^ynch, and brother J. U. Whiteside, to meet on Friday be- 
fore the 5th Sabbath in November, 1862. 

Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to go to Sul- 
phur Springs church, and aid in forming a Presbytery to dissolve 
said church, if they desire. The following are the committee: — El- 
ders Wm. Harrel, H. Culbreth and Wm. Wilkey, to meet Saturday 
before the 5th Sabbath in November, 1862. 

Corresponding letters were read and approved. 

Then adjourned till 9 o'clock Monday morning. Prayer by El- 
der D. Wray. 



. ; s&ssB&ffis. <D<gf • %>» mm. 

The Stand was occupied at 10 o'clock, by Eld. J/ A. Stradley. Text, 
Matt, xi: 29; followed by A. J. Cansler, from Matt, vh 10, a Mis- 
sionary sermon, after which a collection was taken up for the support 
of Army Missions, amounting to -$105 00. L. M. Berry preached 
in the afternoon to a large and well ordered assembly. We hope> 
from the appearance of the congregation, the seed sown will bring 
forth muchf rait, 



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Met according to adjournment. Pravcr by the Moderator. 

The Clerk called the roll. 

On motion, the next Union meeting will be held with the Mont- 
ford's Cove Church, to commence on Friday before the 3d Lord's 
day in August, 1863; Elders Wm. Hand, VVm. Wilkey, W. Hayues 
and JVC. Graysoi to attend it. 

On motion, thy following preamble and resolutions, were unanim- 
ously adopted: 

Whereas, We are still engaged in an unholy and unrighteous 
war waged against us by Abraham Lincoln and his associates. We 
feel grateful to the Almighty for, the protecting arm that He has 
displayed in our behalf in ..aiding our victorious armies in driving 
the enemy from point to point. We have the fullest confidence in 
our cause, and we feel it to be our duty to humble ourselves more 
lowly than, ever before, to ask him to give our armies victorfcft so 
that our independence may be recognized, and peace may be restor- 
ed. 

Resolved, That we make a reediest of all pur church -members of 
the different churches in this body, to meet twice a day before the 
Almighty, to ask for His pioteetion and guidance in times of trouble- 

Revived, That we extend the hand of condolence to our brethren 
and friends who haye lost their friends in the army of our country. 

Resolved, That we set apart Christmas day as a day of fasting 
and prayer 

Resolved, That. we. recommend the Biblical Recorder fo our 
churches, and request all the delegates in this body to extend its cir- 
culation. 

On motion, proceeded to appoint the following delegates to the 
Western Baptist.Convention: J. C. Grayson, L. McCurry, William 
Harrel, W. H. Logan, A*. Pad-get, A. J. Cansler, W. J. Wilkey, 

A. M. McMahan, W. .Haynes, J. W. Morgan. R. Whiteside, R. (.). 
Ledhetter, ]). 8. McCurry, J. U. Whiteside, Joah Wilkey, James 
Miller, W. H. Rooker, E. L. Morris, M. J! Harrel, T. 0. Page and 

B. E. Rollins. 

On motion, Agreed that the Clerk have ten dollars for his servi- 
ces, and have as many copies published as the remainder of the mon- 
ey e will pay for, and distribute them, or place them in E. Toms' of- 
fice at Rutherfordton. 

Rp.sohfd, That the thanks of this body are due, and are hereby 
tender^d,to the Cool Spring Church and vicinity, for the kind and 
very hospitable manner we have been entertained during our stay 
■with them. 

On motion, then adjourned to the time and place before named. 
Prayer by L. McCurry. • 

J. C. GRAYSON, Mod. 

W. H. Logan, Clerk 



Iv mister's- Names and Post Offices. 



J,*0. Grayson, Dysartsville, McDowell couniy, N. C 1 

L. Me^urry, . l*oIk ville, • ('JeaveUunl " " 

"Wni. Hand, ■ Webbs' s Ford, XlutheriV>i>l " 

IFF. Itoliiiis, ■ First Broad, " . 

J<ah Wilkev, « llutheri'oi-iUon, ■ u 

IL Cwlbietlt", " ' « - 

A. if. t-auslcr, Sandy Plains, Polk". 

J. It. Harmon, . Ruiherr'urd:<>n, Iiuiherford 

W. II. Po^an, Grassy Knob, " 

A. O. Lynch, (:5eeu Hilt " 

B. Page, **«fUy Plains, Polk . 
J. F. Pendenrrass,.. Clarion. McDowell 
E. -A. Poe,.° 

W. Haynes, Given s] ill. lUitherford 

Wni. J. Wilkey, Pnlheriordtony, " 

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A. Roach,, Columbia, .■«• 
W. !>. Lancaster, • lib ksville. u 
A, 1 M. McMuhan, Webb 1 * Ford, 

J. II. Bowman, Green Hill, 

E. L. r Taylor, lluther lord ton, 

M. D. Corn ts ('olnmbus. 

Win. Pdanton, Grassy Knob, 

B. F. Taylor, . Dysartsville, 



Article 1. We believe in one only hvinprand true God, and that 
there- aie three persons in the. God-head, tire Father, the Son, and 
the *Ioly Ghost, and these are one in substance, and equal in 
powor and glory. 

2. We believe, the Scriptures of the -Old and New Testaments 
are the word of God, and the only rule oi faith and practise, 

3. We believe in the doctrine of original sin. 

4. We believe in a man's impotency. to recover himself from the 
fallen state he is in, by his own free wiU and ability. 

5. We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God, only 
through the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ. 



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6. We believe the saints shall persevere in grace, and that they 
never shall finally fall away. 

7. We believe that Baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances 
instituted by Christ, and that true believers are the only proper sub- 
jects thereof. 

8. We believe Immersion is the only scriptural mode of Baptism. 

9. -We believe that no person has a right to administer the ordin- 
ances, but such as are regularly called and qualified thereto. 

10. We believe in the resurrection of the deacl, and a general 
judgment; that the punishment of the wicked shall be everlasting 
and the joys of the righteous eternal., 

11. We, the members of the Green River Baptist Association, a- 
greeing to the above Articles of Faith, do, for, and in behalf of the 
Churches which we represent, covenant, agree and give ourselves up 
to each other in church and christian fellowship, in order to keep 
up the unity of the spirit in the bonds of peace, and to assist each, 
other in all matters of distress, and to ]Jray for each others prosperity. 

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W&m <DC? <D»M &8 ASElgSICDSCD, 

Rule 1. Every meeting for business shall be opened and close by 
prayer, either by the Mod or some brother whom he shall appoint. 

2. Every speaker shall rise and address the Moderator on any 
subject to be discussed. 

3. No motion shall be debated unless seconded.' No 'member 
shall speak more than twice on the same motion, without special 
leave of the Association. • 

4. The Moderator and Clerk shall be chosen by ballot. 

5. Every question shall be decided by the living voice, unless oth- 
erwise directed. 

6. During the hours of business, all private conversation, walking 
across or out of the house without permission of the Moderator first 
obtained, shall be deemed a breach of order. 

7. The names of members shall be called each day previous to 
proceeding to business. ^ - 

' 8. All resolutions shalirbe reduced to writing, signed by the mo- 
ver, and handed to- the Moderator or Clerk, before debated. 

9. When a question is under debate, no motion shall be received 
but to adjourn, to postpone indefinitely, to commit, to lay on the ta- 
ble, or to amend, which several motions shall have precedence in 
the order in which they are arranged. But no motion or proposi- 
tion on a subject different from that under consideration, shall be 
admitted under color of amendment. 

10. When a motion has been once made and carried in the affirm- 
ative, or negative, it shall'.be in order for any member who voted in 
the majority, to move for a re-consideration thereof on the same day. 

11. When the reading of a $aper is called foi, and is objected to 
t>y any member it shall be determined by a vote of the Association. 



12. No member shall absent himself in time of business unless 
he is sick, and unable to attend 

13. All questions except such as relate to the Constitution shall 
be decided by a majority vote. 

14. Should the Moderator fail to enforce the foregoing regula- 
tions, he shall be regarded as untrue to his trust, and shall be liable 
to be reminded of his duty by any member present." 



Benefits arising -from an Association and Communion of 



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Churches. 



1. By it churches may have such doubts as arise among them 
cleared, which will prevent disputes. 

2. They will be furnished with salutary counsel. 
3.- The Church will be more closely united in promoting the cause 

and interest of Christ. • 

4. A member who is aggrieved through partiality or any other 
wrong received trom the church, may have an opportunity of ap- 
plying for directions. 

5. A godly and sound ministry will be encouraged, while a min- 
istry that. is unsound, and ungodfy, will be discountenanced. 

6. There will be a reciprocal communication of their gifts. 

7. Ministers may be alternately sent out to preach the gospel to 
them who are destitute. 

8. A large party may draw off from the church by means of an 
intruding minister, or otherwise, and the aggrieved may have no 
way of obtaining redress but by the Association. 

9. A church may become heretical, with which its godly mem- 
bers can no longer communicate, yet cannot obtain any relief but 
by the Association. 

10. Contentions may arise between sister churches which the- As- 
sociation is most likely to* remove. 

11. Queries regularly sent up from the church will be answered 
if possible. • 

■12. The church may have candidates for the ministry properly 
tried by the Association: These and other advantages arising from 
an Association, must induce every godly, church to desire union 
with such a body. But should any stand off, it would argue much 
self-sufficiency, and little or rio desire after the unity of the spirit or 
mutual edification! 



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1st. District. — Sandy Spring, Green's Creek, Columbus, Green' River, Sil- 
ver Creek, Rock Spring, Cooper Gap, Pleasant Hill.— 8. 

2d District.— Montford's Cove, Mountain Creek, Bill's Creek, Round Hill, 
Bethel, Cane Creek, Harmony Grove, Dysartsviile. — 8. 

3rd District,— Shiloali, Mt. Pleasant, Sulphur Spring, Mt.Yernon,-Mi. Lob- 
anon, Mt. Zio'n, Head First Broad, Zion Hill, Sfnrion, Cool Spring.— 11. 



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OF THE 



TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY 



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OF THE 



GRIN RIVER BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



CONVENED A! 






POLE COUNTY, N. O, 



r a I » A V y OCTCB£K 3T s TO d:e, 2 S 6 3 . 



MINUTES. 



FRIDAY, October 2-. 1853. 

The Green River Baptist Association convened this day at the White Oak 
Meeting House*. Polk County, N. C. 

The former Moderator aud Clerk having failed to attend, on motion, (At 
& late hour of the day) Elder A. Padgett waa called to the Chair, and bro. 
E, Toms requested to act as Clerk. 

JTdder J. C. Grayson, who was appointed at the last Association to preach 
the introductory sermon, and Elder L. McCurry, his alternate, failed to at- 
tend, therefore no introductory sermon was delivered. 

Read inters from all t lie Ciiurches, and minuted their standing, 
i On Bifotion, an election for Moderator and Clerk was held, and Elder B. 
E. Ko.ina was elected Moderator, and bro. E. Toms Clerk. 

On mo?ioa, Bethlehem Church, (dismissed from the Salem Association) 
was received into this body. 

On motion, corresponding messengers were called for, via: Trom Salem 
Aaajciation, none; iroui King's Mountain, Elders A. A. MeSwain, J- M. 
Williams, and G. W. Rollins; Broad River, none; Tyger River, none; Ca- 
tawba, none. 

On motion, Elders A. Padgett, W. Hayues and bro. R. Whiteside, with 
the Moderator and Clerk, were appointed the Committee of Arrangement, ' 

The i'oderator appointed J. A. Reel, John Hemphill, and John Melton 
the C;»mmittsft of Finance. 

A. E- Miller, II. K. Keeter, and Wm. Toms, in connection with the Dea- 
con* o! this Church, were appointed by the Moderator the Committee to 
arrange the preaching during the meeting, except on the Sabbath. 

Then adjourned until 10 o olock Suturdiy. Prayer by Eld*r W. Hay&es. 

SATURDAY, October S, 1853. 

The Association met according to appointment. Prayer by Elder A. A- 
MeSwain. 

The Clerk called the Roll. 

The report cf the Cornmittre ef Arrangement rea4, adopted, aa&Cost* 
suttee discharged. 
•ILldtr T. B. Justice was received as a transient Minister from Broad Eir- 
*?' Association; Elder R. E. Moody hca Catawba; and Eider E. E. Bias- 
toxi from Frtnch Broad. j 

Read tha Rules of Decorum. 

Elder W. Uaynes a^d brethren J. U. Whiteside and D. Morgan are «,p- 
"pointed the Committee on Temperance, Lld^s R. H. Moody and brethren . 
R. WMre?lde and D. L. Morris are appointed the Committee to write letters 
of Corroeroadence Elder A. A. McMahan a:sd brethren I). D. Latimors 
bz&J, M. Sim mens are appointed the Committee on Missions. 

The following are appointed Cor-eppondin^ Messengers; vii: 

to the Tjger River Association— Elders A. Padgett, W. D. Lancaster, A. 
M McMs.h&a, and bro. 1). Feagans. 

£Is.g J s Maifotila^Elttere W< J- Wilkie; B, F. Rollins, A, Padgett, t, Mc- 



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Curry, W, Hsyaes, A. M. McMahan, an<!1?re. B WMt«ti3e aael D. B. lat- 
imore. 

Catawba— Elder* J. C. Grayson, \f. J. WHlde; L. McCurry. 

Salem — Eiders J. C. Grayson, W. Uayn^s, W. JL Logan. W." D. Lfejicas* "' 
ter. and bre. E. L. Morris. A. 0. Lynch, and J. U. Whiteside. 

Bread River— Elders B. E. Rollins, W, h'aynes, A. Padgett, L. McCmry, * 
Wm. HarriH, and W. D. Lancaster. " ' : 

Query First, From Bill's Creek. — frhai course shsTl & church parens 
when a sister church refuses to restore an excluded member by a small mi- 
nority, the cause of exclusion being justified by a due coarse of l»w. An- 
swer. — If said church -will not restore, neither recommend bin restoration, 
we cannot advise our constituent to act in consistently; we therefore say, 
do nut receive them. ; 

Query Second. Is it in accordance with the Scriptures and Baptist rules 
to allow our members to violate the laws of 'he land in deserting the army," 
after volunteering to defend his country. An answer to the above will be 
gladly received. Answer.— -We do no? consider it consistent with Scripture 
or Baptist usage; we therefore reoomrnend his exclusion. »-«•> 

Query from Hound Hill. Shall we hold members in fellowship who hare *;^ 
Spirits made for medical purposes. Answer. — No. • : ,.,? 

Moved that the report of the Committee appointed at the last Associa- 
tion to visit the Columbus Church be read. Motion prevailed. Report 
read and adopted, and this Association hereby withdraws all fellowship - 
from that Church. 

Appointed. Elder L. McCurry to preach the Missicnery sermon in 1884. -* 

Appointed Elder J. C. Grayson to preach the introductory sermon at the 
next meeting of this body; Elder L. McCurry his alternate. 

On motion, the report of the Finance Committee was read and adopted. - 

Adjourned until Monday morning, 9 o'clock. Prayer by Elder B. H, 
Moody. 



, SABBATH. . 

The Stand was occupied in the forenoon by Elder G. W. Boiling, text, 
Romans ii, Cth and 7th; followed by Elder R. K. Moody, from Isaiah, xxxt** 
8th, (missionary sermon;) after which a collection was taken up, amount- 
ing to §93 90, aittrwards increased to $101 00. Elder B. E. Rollins prea-i 
ched in the afternoon, from Acts xiv, loth, to a well otdercd congregsuioa, 
And it is hoped from the solemnity exhibited that much and lasting |j.cc4 
will result. Eider A. M. McMahan closed by prayer. [' :<■ . £ 



i-~ , . . MONDAY, October S, 1868. *. 

Met according to adjournment. Prayer by the Moderator. . {? : • .^ 
The Clerk called the Roll. ..--■.■ ' V'". 

On motion, Elder J..C. Grayson is appointed to write the next Circular 
Letter, and choose his subject. j |g 

The report of the Committee on Temperance was adopted, as follows: 
Your Committee report that temperance has very properly been defined, 



total abstinence from all things poisonous and pernicious, and a moderate 
use of that which is good and wholesome. Much has Ueen done upon this 
subject. Our churches, iu general, si. Mid permanently upon the temper-_ 
ance platform. We are glad mis is so; bur sorry that sotne members in our 
body jet endeavor to make medicine a pretest (o pa«s through the lines to 
b«verage. We hope the time will soon come when the u.-e of this noxious 
and poisonous stuff, directly and indirectly, will be submerged to oblivion, 
and the church stand forth, 4, $'air as the cuouu, clear as the sun, and terri- 
ble as an army with banners;" with the gold refined and the dross purged. 
Respectfully submitted. W. HAYNES, Chn. 

On mution, a Committee of three is appointed to examine the Churches 
as to the making and using spirituous liquors, and report instanter. J. U. 
Whiteside, D. D. Latimore, and J. S. Alley were appointed. 

The report on Missions was adopted, ns follow?: 

Your Committee beg leave to make the following report, *iz: I' will be 
admitted that the preaching of the gospel i •:■ the ordinary means of saving 
sinners — the gospel itself the only means of salvation. In the work of 
Foreign, bomesiie and Indian missions, much has been ".accomplished The 
education of young men for the ministry, the distribution of the Bible at- 
home and abroad, constitute subjects < if ; iv " ; ; - importance and deep in- 
terest to all the children of God. The c ■ sent t imhlt s of war and distress 
have opeued before us a new and imp,o r 1 of hir. .- Army missions 

and army colportage demand our devou. :iti< ntion. incessant labor, tender 
sympathies, liberal contributions, and feWei * pntyer?. UespeetfuTiy suh- 
miHed. A. V.. '." ' ' '!AN. Chn 

A preamble and resolution concerning C i tnbus Chui : i read find adopt- 
ed, as follows: 

Whereas^ The Columbus' Church failed to eompiy will the Temperance 
Resolution passed by them in 1857, and thv ;gh then Committee drnied 
having passed said Resolution: and inasnu. :l ;s the ad< : lion of the report 
of our Commitree withdrew this body from • : I Church, there? m n 

Resolved. That whenever she complies ihe Resolution ."<• i.l en our 

Minutes, we shall be pleased to rcsfo-ie 1 :-r to her U rrn< r ~ 
body. But if a majority still stand oj \ - o the Tempei -. s, 

we recommend the churches of our 1 - .- i 

into their fellowship upon application. 

On motion, ordered thru the Clerk disn .... :•? to >he >" . . ■ 
proportionate number of Minutes. ri ' to her ? in 

The Committee appointed to ex in it '..:'■■> I 

drinking spirituous liquors, etafe f I sat .. .-,.-" ' :.- - - :i 

made, and bevei aging indulged* by son e ei : 

White Oak and Shiloh Churches, and tl it said Churches l. • e not hi d time 
to investigate the matter, therefore 

fizso r .v>d, That we give them lime to net in rl >e premises, and sstric.ate 
themselves, end report to this body at is n«»xt session. 

Pending the report on Periodicals, remarks were made by the Mod 
aad Klder AV. ilaynes. The report was adopted, as follow?*: 

Whereas, The circulation of religious Periodicals is greatly '":;:di-,:r; 
us, therefore 



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Rcsolvei, That we rwpeetfc y recommend «b.« £lb*ical Beecrdar to Sha 
churches of our Association, a ad request them to endeavor io esfeod tig 
circulation into every Baptist family. We also solicit a cordial patronage 
fur the Child's Index, printed kt Macon, Ga., and the Confederate Bhpiist, 
Columbia, S. C W, li. ' 

On nioiioa, ordered that $50 of the collection made oa Suoday be givaa 
to Elder Vf". H-syncs' pledge to ih ■? Western Bartlst Convention, N, C ; and 
that the balance ($51 00 j to Army Colportage. 

Resolved, That we again request all our church members of the different 
churches of this bedy to meet twice a day before the Almighty, to fc&k for 
his protection and guidance in times of •.rouble. 

Rooked, That we extend the baud of condolence to our "brethren and 
friends who have lost friends in rhe army of our country; 

On motion proceeded to appoint the following delegates to the Westers 
Baptist Convention, Tiz: B E. Rollins, J. C. Grrayson. L. MeCurry, W. J. 
Wilkie, A. 0- Lynch, £. A. Foe, V7. Haynes, A. M. MoM&ban, W. T>. Lan- 
caster, W. J. Bkmon, J. S. Alley, K h\ Taylor W. P. Ahraras, A. Padgett, 
J. U. Whiteside, D. D. Laiimore, R. Whiteside, E. Toms, A. E. Miller, and 
A. Roach. 

Oa motion, agreed that the Clerk hare fifteen dollars for bis services, and 
hare a? many copies of theae Minutes printed as he can for the balance of 
the money, and distribute them proportionately among the churches. 

Resolved* That the thanks of this body are due and are hereby tendered' 
to White Oak Church and vicinity for the kind and very- hospitable manner 
we have been entertained during our stay with them. 

On motion, adjourned to the time and place before named. Prayer 1>y 
Elder G. W. Rollins. 

B. E. ROLLINS, Mod. 

E. TOMS, Clerk. * 



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MINISTERS' NAMES AND POST OFFICES. 

J. C. Grayson, Dysartsville, McDowell Count/, N. C. 

L. McCurry, Polkville, Cleave'.and •• " 

We. Karrtll, Webb's Ford, Rutherford •• •« 

B. E- Rollins, First Broad, '« ** .*• 

Joib Wilkey, Rutherfordton, •■ " ** 

E. Culbreath, " " " ** 

W. H Logan, Graasy Knob, *« " «• 

A. 0. Lynch, Green Hill, •« " •* 

B. Page, Sandy Plains, Polk » •« 
J. F. Pendergraas, Marion, McDowell •• « 
W. H&yn?3> Rutherfordton, Rutherford ** •« 
W. J. Wilkoy, " " " «« 
A. Padgett, Fingerville, Spartanburg, 8. C. 

J. H. Yarboro, 

W. D. Lancaster, Eicksville, Rutherford County, N. C. 

A. M. McMahan, Webb's Ford, f* « *« 

J. R. Bowman, Green Hill, * «« " " 

E. L. Taylor, Rutherfordton, " «« " 

LICENTIATES. 

A. Roaoh, Columbus, Polk County, N. C. 
M. D. Cora, " •• " " 

Wm. Blanton, Grassy Knob, Rutherford County, N. C. 

B. F. Taylor, Dysartsville, McDowell " *• 



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GREEN RIVER BAPTIST 
ASSOCIATION: 

CONVENED AT 

Bysartsviile Meeting louse, 

MrliOWBLI. COUNTY, if. a,\ 
$iMqy, 8epicml>t:r SMi to the 3d October, 1864; 



SHELBY, N. C. : 
PEINSED AT THE MOUNTAIN EA'xLil OITIOE. • 



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MINUTES. 



FRIDAY, September 30, 1864. 

The Green River Baptist Association convened 
this day at D ysartsville Meeting House, Mc - 
Dowell county, N. C. . 

The introductory sermon was preached by 
Elder J. C. Grayson from the 16th chapter, 
•13th verse 1st Cqrinthians. 

After a short recess the delegates assembled 
in the house ; and, after prayer by Elder T. B. 
Justice, Elder B. E. Rollins, the former Mode- 
rator, proceeded to arrange the body. 

Read letters from all the Churches, except* 
ing two, and minuted their standing. 

Elected Elder J. C. GRAYSON^Moderator, and 
I. Toms, Clerk. 

On motion corresponding messengers were 
called for: from Salem, none; from Kings Moun- 
tain, Elders A. A. McSwain and G. W. Rollins; 
from Broad River, Elder T. B, Justice ; from 
Tiger River, none ; frJm Catawba River, Elder 
R. H. Moody ; and the messengers were received 
and invited to seats. 

On motion, R. 0. Jjedbetter, H. B. Wilson 
and J. T. Price were appointed by the Moderator 
. a Committee of Finance. * 

' On motion, agreed that the business done at 
last Association be followed during this evening. 

On motion, appointed a Committee of Ar- 
rangement, as follows: Elders War TTarrill, B» 



E. Rollins and L, McCurry, with the Modera- 
tor and Clerk. 

The Moderator appointed a Qommittee on 
Preaching : D. D. Lattimore, A. H. Simmons and 
J. M. Rabourn, in connection with the Deacons 
of this Church. x 

On motion, adjourned until Saturday, 9 
o'clock. 

Prayer by Elder A. A. McSwaijt. 

SATURDAY, Octobir'1. 

The Association jnet. 

Prayer by Elder L. McCurry. 

And on motion of Elder L. McCurry, a com- 
mittee was appointed^ to examine the churches as 
to making and using spirituous liquors: D. D. 
Lattimore, J. U. Whiteside and J. M. Raboura\ 

On motion, transient ministers were called for, 
and C. B. Justice appeared and was invited to 
take a seat. 

On motion, tSb report of the Committee of 
Arrangement was read and adopted, and Com- 
mittee discharged. 

The rules of decorum and the benefits arising 
from an associate capacity were read by the 
Clerk. k 

The following committees were appointed by 
the Moderator: 

Elders J. E. Bowman and WaIUynis, on Correspond- 
ence. 

Elders L. McOurey and^Wic. Harkill, on Temperance. 

Elders E. H. Moody and B. E. Eollins, on Domestic 
Missions. 

Elders A. A. McSwain, Wm. Wilmk and E. L. Tayioe, 
on Sabbath Schools. 

The Circular Letter prepared by Elder J. C r 



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GtRATson was read by himself, adopted, and or- 
dered to be printed. 

Eider L. McCurey -was elected to write the 
next Circular' Letter ; and on motion of Elder 
;Wm. "mIa^bill, that his subject be the , 2d verse 
of the 29th chapter of Proverbs. . 

The next session o# this Association to con- 
vene at Mount Lebanon Church, 9 miles north- 
east of Rutherford ton, on Friday before the 1st 
Sabbath in October, 1865 ; and Elder i, Me- 
Curry was~elected to preach the introductory, 
sermon—- Elder B. E. Rollins, alternate. 

The next Union meeting will be held with 
Silver Creek Church, to commence on Friday 
before the 3d Sabbath in August, 1865; Elders 
W. Wilkie, 'W. H. x Logan, J. S. Alley and J. 
C. Grayson to attend it. 

On motion, ordered that Bethlehem, Mount 
Carmel and Zion Hill Churches be added to the 
2d district. ' 

^Corresponding messengers were appointed as 
follows: 

To th© Catawba Association— Elders A. McMahak - , L, 
McCuBiiY, J. 0. Geayson and B. E. Kollins. 

To Kings Mountain — Elders L. McCesey, B. E. Eojl- 
wsfs, W. Haynes and Brother D. D. Lattimoee. 

To the Salem— Elders J. F. Pendeegba^ W. Wilkis ? 
E. L. Tay^ob and W. Haynes. 

To th® Broad Biver— Elders B. B> Kemari, W. Hak- 
sill, A. McMahan and W. Haysss. 

Report of the Committee on^Temperance read 
and received, and. committee discharged. 

The request of Bethel Church was taken up, 
and on motion of J. F. Phndergrass the query 
and answer from Round Hill Church in 1863, 
was struck out or expunged, the Association b^ 



lieving that the temperance resolutk ti passed by 
this body in 1862 is amply sufficient. 

On motion, Elders G. W. Rolling . . '_• jrry 
and R. H. Moody were elected toprea en the 
Sabbath, and it was ordered that a c ^ i be 
taken up. 

Adjourned until Monday morning, ock. 

* Prayer by Elder B. E. Rollins. 

SABBATH. 

The stand was occupied in the foi p by 

Elder R. H. Moody, (text, Acts- IV ter, 
30th and 31st verses,) followed By E . Mc- 

Curry, (text, John, 9th chapter, 4n with 

a missionary sermon, after which tion 

was taken up amounting to $418 J after 

an hour's recess Elder G. W. Roll; ched 

from Phillippians, 2d chapter, 5th y filcfer 

T, B. Justice closed by exhortatic . ijer: 

The services were all very impi the 

congregation attentive. We hope good 
will result from thisjlay' I labor. 

' MONDAY, October 3. 

The Association met according to ac \ nent. 

Prayer by Elder }V. Wilkie, 
,The Committee on Finance rei i 0.37, 

to which J.R.Bowman afterward added, $5. 
Report adopted and the committe -"ged. 

The. Commit t& oh Sabbath Scbpals m icje a, 
report, which was read and ado. *ad the 
committee discharged. Pending said report, re- 
marks were made by Elders A. A. RfeSw&iNj B.< 
E. Rollins and B. Taylor. • 

Whereas, W. Haynes offered an anawer giving 



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advice to the Bethel church, which is mislaid 
or failed to be handed in, m& as he is not pres- 
ent, therefore th| e ^gswer proposed byB. jfS 
Rolmns is received mv& thereof. 

Whereas, thecifint^' at Greenes creek has 
failed to report thetaselves clear of distillers and 
Uram drinkers in compliance With an act of ifa,® 
Association, i 

Risdved, That a committee of fire be appointed to visit 
said church, and enquire into their standing, and report 
to the next Association. 

The Moderator appointed Elders B. E. Rollins^ 
J\ R. Bowman, W. Wilkie, E. L. Tatlor and 
Brother H. B. Wilson to visit said church on 
the 3d Sabbath of November, and Sarturday be- 
fore, and investigate the standing of said church 
as to making and using ardent spirits. 

On .motion, the following pledges' were made 
by the delegates to raise money for home mis- 
sions, vi£: 

Etead 1st Broad, - -~ 1 --$50 

Mount Zion, 1 1 50 

Shiloh,.— 20 

Bock Spring, , . : 25- 

Pleasant Hill, -.._--_- ■ 5 

Bethel,- - _■----;. . 5 

Mountain Creek, _---,--._• ' 25 

Montfort's Cove, _„._— 10 

Silver Creek,.-" 5 

. Dysartsville, - I ; 50 

Camp Creek, .._-- _.- 20 

Cooper's Gap, y ,_- 20 

Mount Carmel, ... .*..-- _- 20 

Bethlehem, -~ fc _- T _--.. 5 *; 

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On motion, B. E. Rollins, D. D, Lattimojbe 
and P. P. Price were appointed a coroxrittee to 
manage the McDowell mission. 



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Ordered, that the Clerk have $$5 ibr his sei~ 
vices, and that he hare as many copies of the 
\ninutes and circular lettr-^rmted as he can 
^et fdr the balance of th^ c ^ ec bey. 

Query from Mount V<!$iM^Shall we use the 
blackberry wine in the saGf&ment> or -suspend 
communion in th<# absence of the grape wine 9 

Query from UocE: Spring— "Keep the ordi- 
nances as I 'delivered them to you." 1st Cor. xi ? 
% Then w it the ordinance of Christ, or a sub- 
version of the ordinance by substitution, for a 
minister of the gospel to use wines not made 
from the grape of the vine, at the holy sacrament 
of Christ? 

. Answer to queries from Mount Vernon and 
Rock Spring— We consider it preferable to use 
the grape wine exclusively for sacramental 
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The church at Bethel ij& that, in consequence *of the 
war, the hart'! uess of th® titd^S, and large amount of .tax 
to pay, some of the member's of that church' have had 
their .stilled, belie ring that they could not support 

their fctnilies, and pay their tax without it, and now ask 
this AesQciatioa for advice in the premises ; - in answer to 
which we ..say distilling, vending and drinking spirituous 
liquors, is the greatest evil the churches have to; contend 
With. thqrufort* ore advise that church, to exclude those 
lamiber ■ aless i iey ' >andoh the practice entirely. 

&x\( ■ TEMPERANCE.' . ' ,"> 

£J* >: . ^nation -f y\. the churches we find, 

that all of criem ha '..remembers that have 

mac 7T>iri* % ivr medicine • but we a v e glad to frac! 

the p. < t^ arches are eMefmxing to carry out (fee 

tesoi l c uasse' in si?ty- three. 

All .V x'Uich is respecr ill submitted. 

WHITESIDE, Chairman. 



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BEPbBT ON DOMESTIC MISSIONS. 

Domestic missions form the basis of all missionary opa- 
rations, and should be carried on with energr. "ffpon this 
basis army missions and army colportage rest ; and these 
constitute a subject of inviting importance and deep inter- 
est to all classes. Almost every family have friends ex- 
posed to sudden danger. The future happiness of them . 
-all depend upon the preparation made in this life. And 
the success of our missionaries and colporteurs in the ar- 
mies depend -greatly upon fch© faithfulness with which. th& I * 
home missionary department lb conducted. Increased 
demands for labor call foe a greater number of laborers 
and an enlargement ef our contributions. Let us attend 
industriously to these demands, praying God to bless our 
efforts, and to open the way for us to renew our efforts in 
foreign fields. 

, , B. H. MOODY, Chairman. 

% REPORT ON SABBATH SCHOOLS. 

The Committee on Sabbath Schools submit the following 
Report : 

"We are sorry so little ha's been done for the Sabbath 
School cause the pas* year in the Association ; but hope, 
more may be doing than is reported by the churches. — 
Many of our efficient young men are in the army. 1^ 
then, becomes every member of the church, and §speeiall| r 
the females, to use all their power for the religious train- 
ing of the many fatherless children. There is a great de- 
ficiency in our common schools,* by reason of this unholy 
war waged against us. Then, while the y>oung rn^en 4£ 
our country are making so many sacrifices for its good, 
will not the young ladies evince a becoming interest in the 
children of our land ? We hope every minister will labor 
for the organization 'of Sabbath Scheols in their churohes 
the ensuing year. We are unable to leara the number 
of schools now existing. We hope the churches will next 
year send up an account of their Sabbath Schools in their 
letters to the Association with the number of teachers, 
pupils ax*d volumei in their libraries. 

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whereas, C !B. Justice has been laboring iw 
the 'McDowell mission, therefore ordered that 
$100 of the funds collected on the Sabbath be 
paid to lurk for Jiis services "already, render ed r 
and $100 be sent to Brother Cobb to have the 
"Recorder" sent to North Carolina soldiers, and 
that the remainder of theiunds be sent to him 
to pay missionaries and colporteurs. 

Whereas, we are still engaged in an unholy 
and unrighteous war waged against us by our 
common enemy, 

Resolved, That we. make a request that our churches set 
a$>art 10 o'clock of their respective' meeting on the Sab- 
bath, and spend' at least half an hour in prayer to Al- 
mighty God to protect our soldiers in the army, and for 
his kind f protection from our common enemy, and for &• 
speedy and honorable peace. 

E. 0. LEDBETTEE. 

On motion of Elder W. Haynes, 

Resolved, That the -thanks of thisTbody are due, and are-, 
hereby tendered to the Church at Dysarisville and friend^. 
* r or their hospitality during out stay with them. 

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Adjourned to the time, and place before men- 
tioned. . 

Prayer by Elder G, ,W. Rollins. 

J. C. GRAYSON, Moderator. : 

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CIRCULAR LETTER. 

The Green Biveb Baptist Association to the Churches 
12? wiosr, Gbeeting: 

Dear Brethren-— AgreeMe to appointment, we address 
you oa the subject of the Unity and independence of the 
Churches of Jesus Christ. 

Open Webster's Dictionary, so justly celebrated for its 
full and accurate definitions, and you will find ten mean- 
ings assigned to the word "church," yet the scripture" 
meaning — that in which it was used by inspired men — is 
the last of the ten ! Surely it is time that this precious 
word be vindicated from its ninefold misapplications. If 
we would obey our Saviour, and know in what sense he 
and his apostles used it, we must compare passage with 
passage, wherever the word oceurs in the Divine Oracles, 
assured that the sense in which it is there used is the true 
sense. We will examine some of these passages. The 
Prophet Daniel (ii, 44) says, "in the days of these .king's, 
,the God of heaven shall set up a kingdom which skal> 
never be destroyed," &c. Christ began to set up this 
kingdom, by the preaching and baptism of John the Bap- 
tist, for Luke says^svi, 16), "The law and the prophets 
were until John, since that time -the kingdom of God is 
proached and every man presseth into it." And Matthew 
(aii, 5, 6) says, "Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all 
Judea, and all the region round about Jordan, and were 
baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins." And 
this, Mark says (i, 1-5), was "the beginning of the gospel 
of Jesus Christ, the son of God." The Lord sent his har- 
binger, John, to prepare 1 the people for his reception.— 
Those that repented of their sins, and believed in the Sa- 
viour to come, were. in that kingdom"; and when they were, 
baptized they were recognized as subjects of the kingdom. 
Out of these Jesu§ called twelve, which was the first or- 
ganization of the Christian church. And to this church 
our Saviour had reference when he said, "if thy brother 
trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between 
thee and him alone : if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained 
thy brother, But if he will not hear thee, then take with 
t'het one or two more, that in the moutk of two or three 



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witnesses every word may b© established. And if he shall 
neglect to heap them, tell it unto the church ; but if he 
neglect to hear the* church, let him be unto thee as an 
heathen and a publican." (Mat. xviii, 15-17.) He must 
tell it to the church, as the last tribunal and the highest 
ecclesiastical pow.er known in the New Testament ; and' 
consequently, from its decision, there is no appeal. Christ 
does not^ay tell it to the preacher in charge, nor the ses- 
sion, nor to the assoeiatian, but to the church — to some local 
body worshipping in one place, so- that all can judge, and 
vote in the case. If the .church cannot settle its- differ- 
ences, then the remedy lies beyond human power. It 
cannot be removed without, manifest contempt of the 
Master's directions ; those who attempt it, set themselves 
in opposition to Christ's authority, and annul the statutes 
of the pnly. lawgiver in Zien. "The church cannot au- 
thorize any session or body to try such cases and make- 
their decision final; as Jesus directs it to be referred to 
the church as the hnal tribunal, no earthly power dare 
suggest that anybody exeept the church should decide 
the matter : it is rebellieh against Zion's king.* After 
the ascension of Christ, Jauke says (Acts i, 15) that the 
number of the names of the church in Jerusalem was one 
hundred and twenty, that they were men and women, (i 3 
14.) The saved were added to them, (ii, 47.) They that 
gladly received *iba word were baptized and added to 
them, (ii, 42.) These men and women continued in break- 
ing of bread. Qlhe chusch chose deacons. This particular, 
local, visible church, was in Jerusalem. Thiswa3 the 
mother church, the divine model of all future churches. 
"It is a fact notable, that no Pedo-baptist has ever perpe- 
trated so glaring and presumptuous a mistake as to affirm, 
much less to pretend to prove, that either any of the one 
hundred and twenty men and women, who in the charaetsB 
of disciples composed the Jerusalem church, in its c: gin, 
were infants ; that any of those who on the day of Pente- 
co •• "jladhj received the word and were /baptised" were ini<v .nts; 
or that the three thousand added to them on that occasion 
were infants ; or that the saved added to them, thereafter, 
deily, -were infants ; or that the five thousand nim, <%dde& 
on a subsequent occasipn, were infants ; or the believbbs, 
who were the more added to the Lo^. were infants; all of 
which is recorded in the first torn or five ch&ptsrs of l Actn. 



*Sherwoo£'s Kotos on Mat. xviii, 1ST. 



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And more surprising is it still, that Dr. Miller has admit- 
ted a fact so fatal to his system, that no infants were mem- 
bers of the Jerusalem church; and more strange is it that his 
admission should have been stereotyped by the Presbyte- 
rian Tract Society. Now, as this church is the mother of 
all the churches of Christ, and their moc'el and pattern 
by divine appointment, it is incumbent on Pedo-baptists 
to show the membership of at least one infant in the model 
church. Here, then, would be an end of ail cavil. Such 
a fact demonstrated, would forever silence audacious Bap- 
tists. Such proof & a desideratum. It cannot be found 
in Luke's history of that church. There is no other au- 
thentic chronicle. To plead the silence of the record is 
their only alternative, and even that is unavailable, since 
the record and character of the original members, and of 
the accessions to that church, so critically and precisely 
exhibited by Luke, contradict them, and silence any in- 
ference favorable to Pedo-baptism, derived from his 
silence — for he Kas spoken. Here then may a Baptist plant 
himself as upon a rock— an impregnable fortress, and 
demand of the Pedo-baptist world to show from the inspired 
record of Luke, in the Acts of the Apostles, the member- 
ship, baptism, or communion of an infant, one infant, in the 
model church at Jerusalem. It never has been shown, never 
lias been attempted, never has been affirmed, never can 
be shown, never."* 

The church at Jerusalem was no more a church than 
was the church at Rome, the church at Corinth, the church 
at Antioch, or any other true church. Each of these was 
a separate, distinct and independent church, in itself, as 
though no other church existed. There were no branches 
of the church. No church is ever called a part or branch 
o£any other church. Each church was complete in itself. 
It was the church that Christ had called out from the 
world, in the place where it was located. It was, there- 
fore,, called the church of Jesus Christ in such or such a 
jplace. There are no national churches. There are no 
provincial churches. We find no record of such an estab- 
lishment as the church of Judea, but we read of the 
^ "churches throughout all Judea, and Gallilee, and Samaria." 
v (Acts ix, 31:) So we read of the churches of Galatia. 
(Gal. i, 2.) And the churches in Asia. (Rev. i, 4.) With 
this agrees Dr. Mosheim in his history of the church, (vol. 

*Rev. T. W. Haynes, in Carolina Baptist, vol 1, p. 1L2. 



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.1, p. 39.) "The churches in those early times were en- 
tirely independent, none of them being subject to any 
foreign jurisdiction, but each governed by its own rulers 
nnd, its own laws ; for, though the churches founded by 
the apostles had this particular deference shown to them, 
that they were consulted in difficult and doubtful cases, 
vet they had no judicial authority, no sort of supremacy 
<ver others, nor the loast right to make law^s for them. 
Nothing, on the contrary, is more evident than the perfect 
equality that reigned among the primitive churches ; nor 
does there appear, in this first century the smallest traee 
of that association of provincial churches from which 
counsels and metropolitans derive their origin." Again 
(p. 43), he says "the right of excluding members was 
vested in the church from the earliest period of its exist- 
once, by the apostles themselves, and was exercised- by 
each christian assembly upon its respective." In aecord- 
. ance with this independence, we see the church, at Jerusa- 
lem (Acts vi, 5, 6) chose and set before the apostles seven 
men for deacons, and when the apostles had prayed they 
laid their hands on them. The church at Antioch (Acts 
xiii, 1-3) acted independent of \the church at Jerusalem, 
in sending out missionaries, who reported to that church 
(xiv, 27), and not to the church at Jerusalem. And the 
church at Corinth, acting independent of both these 
churches in excluding a member. Nowhere- in the New 
Testament is a word said about any great consolidated 
establishment, comprising in its limits a multitude of local 
societies, and called the ehurch; as the Episcopal church of 
the United States, or "the Presbyterian Church of the 
United States of America," or "the Methodist Episcopal 
Church, South?" How unlike these churches are, to the 
''hurches described in the New Testament. Suppose a 
Methodist trespass against a brother, and that brother 
goes to him and tells him his fault, but does not get satis- 
faction ; he takes one or two more with him, but fails to 
-st satisfaction, and then, as Christ directs in the 18th of 
Matthew, he goes to tell it to the church. Where will he 
iind it? According to the discipline, it takes all- the soci- 
eties in the South to make the Methodist church. He 
never could get it together to tell his grievance. And the 
same maybe said of the Presbyterian and Episcopal 
• hjirches. 

We find the Jerusalem church consisted of a converted 
church membership, that is, of baptized believers. And 



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ihis accords with the letters of Paul to £he churches. To 
the church at Berne, h© says, "to all that be . in Kome, 
heloved of God, called tp be saints." To the church at Corinth, 
he says, "to them that are sanctified in Christ. Jesus, called to 
he saints**/* And so of the rest. There is no account in the 
New Testament, of any person being- baptized, but be- 
lievers in. Christ, either expressed or implied. And in 
this agrees the historian Neander, who says, "As baptism 
was closely united with a conscious entrance on christian 
communion, faith and baptism were always connected 
with one another; and thus it is in the highest degree 
probable that baptism was performed only in instances 
where both could meet together, and that the practice ol 
infant baptism was unknown at this period. We cannot 
infer the existence of infant baptism from the instance of 
the baptism of whole families; for the passage in 1 Cor. 
xvi, 15, shows the fallacy of such a conclusion, as from 
that it appears that the whqje family of- Stephanus, who 
were baptized by Paul, consisted of adults. That not till 
so late a period (at least ceartainly not earlier than) Ire- 
naus, a trace of injant baptism appears, and that it first 
became recognized as an apostolic, tradition in the course 
of the third century, is evidence rather against than for the 
admission of its apostolic origin." (Planting and training 
of the church, p. 101, 102.) 

•Paul says, one Lord, one-faith, one baptism. One Lgrd 
— Jesus Christ, the Head and Lawgiver in his church, the 
King in Zion. One faith — one object of faith, the Lord 
Jesus; and in every believer it is like precious* faith. — - 
One system is exhibited in the Bible, and only one. Unity 
attends all that is said about it. One baptism, that is, the 
immersion of the body in water ; one class or kind of sub- 
jects — penitent believers. We have in our day, as it is 
denominated, three baptisms, one by immersion, one by 
pouring, and one by sprinkling ; but in Paul's day, only 
one kind was known ; that was a -burying with Christ by 
baptism. (Eom. vi, 4. Col. ii, 12.) And agreeable to 
this, John Calvin, the founder of the 'Presbyterian church, 
says, "the very word baptize, however, signifies to immerse; 
and it is certain that .immersion was the practice of the 
ancient church." (Calvin's Institutes, vol. 2, p. 491.) But 
perhaps some one will ask why is it that Calvin and other 
Presbyterians pour or sprinkle water on persons and call 
it baptism^ after be has said that "it. is certain that im- 
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shall telbyou. In his- Commentary, he remarks * on John 
iii, 22, 28, "From these words it maybe inferred that 
John and Christ administered baptism by plunging the 
whole l*ody beneath the water." On Acts viii, 38, he says, 
f,: here we see the rite used among the men of old time in 
baptism ; for they put all the body in the water. v Now 
I the use is this, that the minister doth only sprinkle the 
body or the head. But we ought not to stand so much 
about a smair difference of ceremony, $iat we should 
therefor divide the church, or trouble it with brawls. — 
Wherefore the church did grant liberty to herself, since 
the beginning, to change the right somewhat, excepting 
flie substance." Bfere Calvin says John and Christ bap- 
tized "by plunging the whole body beneath the water." 
But the church did grant liberty to herself, 'since the legin- 
f\ing, to change tlie rite from immersion to sprinkling. What 
righf had the church to make this change ? We say none 
at all. JLt was substituting tl^e commandments of men for 
the commandments of God. It has marred the unity of 
ihe church, and caused divisions and much contention. 
This change, this relic of Popery — sprinkling — ought to 
be laid aside, and all christians ought io practice immer- 
sion, the apostolic mode. Paul says, * 'Mark them which 
cause divisions and offences, contrary to the doctrine which 
ye have learned^, and avoid them." (Bom. xvi, 17.)—- 
Christ prayed thai his people might be one. (John x^i, 11, 
2 1-23.) From the New Testament, we see clearly that the 
churches of Jesus consisted of those who had repented of 
their sins, believed in Christ, and then were baptized, who 
met together in regular order to break bread and drink 
wine in his remembrance, and to transact business in his 
name. 2. That there was a unity in these churches. Onu 
sort of members only — professed believers ; one baptism, 
which was immersion]; only two offices in churches — 
bishops and deacons ; and the government ©f the church 
democratic. 3. That each of these churches was inde- 
pendent of all other churches in the transaction of its 
business. 

Dear brethren, let us endeavor to carry out these apos- 
tolic principles. Then any such church will look forth a& 
the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun.nnd terri- 
ble as an army with banners. 

J. C. GKAYSON, Moderator, 
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Th« case of the Green's Greet church was taken up. The com- 
mittee appointed to visit that Church failed to * report. - After some 
labor, the delegates, from Green's Creek church was invited to seats. 

R. 0. Ledbetter, D D. Latimore and J. W. Morgan, was appoint- 
ed a ' Committee on Finance. 
' Bead the Associational Covenant and Rules of Decorum. 

Committees. 

C. B. Justice, B. E. Rollins, Wm. Harril, a Committee on Cor- 
respondence. - 

W. Haynes and J. R. Bowman, on Domestic Missions. 

J:$j. Grayson, J. R. Btantpn and H. B. Wilson, on Sabbath 
Schools. ' 

Called for the Circular Letter. Elder L. MeCurry, who' was 
appointed to write,, failed to fulfill the appointment, He therefore, 
was excused, by appointing him to write the next Circular from the 
same subject given him last year: Proverbs xxix. 2/ 

The next annual meeting o£this body will be held with the Coop- 
.er Gap Church, 15 miles west of Ruthes^ordton, Polk county, N. C. 

Elected Elder J. C. Graysen to preach the next introduptory ser- 
mon. ..._.' 

On motion, brethren E. Toms, G. W. Morgan and J. T. ' Price, 
were appointed to arrange Union Meetings. 

On motion, the following correspondence were appointed to the 
different Associations: 

lathe Catawba— J. C. Grayson, B. E. Rollins and brethren D. 
J). Latimore ancf R. 0. Ledbetter. 

King' 8 Mountain — Wm. Harril, B. E. Rollins, J. R. Bowman, 
W« J, Wilkey, A.McMahan, J. C, Grayson, C. B. Justice, A. Pad- 
get, W. Haynes acd brethren H. B. Wilson and J, Whiteside. 

Salem— C B. Justice, J. R. Blanton, W. H. Logan, J. R. Bow- 
man, Wm. J. Wilkey, A. McMahan and brethren Z. Whiteside and 
R, 0. Ledbetter. < ' . ' 

Broad River — A. McMaban, A. Padget, W. D. Lancaster, C. B. 
Jubtice, B. E.^Rollins, L. MeCurry, W. Haynes and brother R. H. 
Moore. . , 

Proceeded to elect ministers to preach on Sabbath: Elder G. S. 
Jones to preach first. !T. Dickson a Missionary sermon, followed by 
A.*J. Cansler, according to the vote given. 

Called for querries after one hours' recess. ' \ 

Querry from Bill's Creek and Cooper Gap the same: 

Is it^agreesfcle to Baptk', usage for a Baptist Church to call upon 
a Pedo-baptist, or elect them to preach for them monthly? Answer: 
No. , ,•>.'' :, ■ ; 

By motion, the Rule was suspended in order to appoint dele- 
gates to the Western Baptist Convention. In consultation, J. 
R. Blanton volunteers his services. 



Committee on Finance report $16 63 cents in specie and $10 30 
in Green Back. * 

Committee on Domestic Missions make the following report: 

Your Committee appointed by this body at outlast session to em- 
ploy a missionary to labor in the McDowell field, ask leave to submti 
the following report, and are happy to say to you, that we have se- 
cured the labors of Elder 0. B. Justice the first quarter at $75 00 
per month, and continue him for the second quarter, we are sorry to 
say that in consequence of the confused stajte of public affairs, that 
he has not been able to render but' twelve days' tervice; rode 162 
miles, preached 26 sermons. The amount of money subscribed at 
our last session is $375 00, and siriee that time Rock Spring has sub- 
scribed $80 00, First Broad $45 00. We have received from Mt. 
Zion$60 00, from Bethlehem, $5 00, Head of First Broad, $40 00, 
Rock Spring, $65 00. Total amount collected, $130 00. * 

Paid to Elder C. B. Justice, $65 66 2-3, amount remaining in 
hands of Board $64 66 2-3 in cash, and $370 00 by subscription.— 
Owing to the depreciation or downfall of the currency, your com- 
mittee thought it advisable to discontinue our missionary until tho 
meeting of this body. . . • • 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

B. E. ROLLINS, Chm'n. 

Resolution. 

Resotvea, That the churches composing this body be requested to 
send up their standing on the subject of Temperance in their Church 
letter, which will save the Association of appointing a committee on 
that subject. Resolution of 1862 the established rule. 

W. HAYNES. 

The Committee on Union Meetings make the following report: 

The committee to whom was referred the subject of Union Meet- 
ings, report that the Union meeting of the 1st district be held with 
the Silver Creek chlfcch on 2d Sabbath in May, 1866, commencing 
on Friday before. 

2nd District at Montford's Cove, oA the 2d. Sabbath in April, 18- 
66, commencing on Friday before. 

3d District at the Head of First Bsoad, on 2d Sabbath in Aug'ist, 
1866, commencing on Friday before. The Association of 1867 to 
go to the 2d District. 

Ministers appointed to attend Union meetings, 
v 1st. Silver Greek Ohurch, B. E. Rollins, C. B. Justice, J. R. Blan- 
ton, T, B. Justice and W. H. Logan. 

2nd. Montford's Cove. — B. U. Rollins, J. R. Bowman, C. B. Jus- 
tice, W. H. Logan, J. O. Grayson and W. G. Wilkey. 

3rd. Head of First Broad.— B. E. Rollins, C. $. Justice, T. B, 
Justice, J. R. Bowman, W. J. Wilkey, L. McCurry and Gr. S. Jones. 

Report on Correspondence read and adopted*. 



Report on Sabbath -Scliools, 

White Oak Church reports a Sabbath School but no statistics. 

Cane Creek Church reports a school with one superintendent, two 
.assistants, one Secretary, 12 teachers, 45 pupils: read 1,154 chap- 
ters, memorized 5,215 verses, have a library of 56 volumes. 
■ Coooer Gap Church reports a Sabbath School with one Superin- 
tendent, 10 Teachers, 1 Bible class, 7 Testament classes, 2 Primer 
classes, 13,000 verses of Scripture memorized; one of the female 
teachers .committed to memory *the entire books of Matthew and 
Mark; the children have recited 346 lessons by memory in the spell- 
ing book and primer:" some of them committed to memory the "Con- 
federate Primer" entire. 'The school numbers 150 pupils; the chil- 
dren were presented with a nice banner by the Superintendent. — 
We therefore, hope that the other churches will, for the future', en- 
courage Sabbath Schools, as they doubtless are the great engine to 
religion., 

J. C. GRAYSON, Chm'n. 

Mepori on Domestic 'Missions? 

Your committee report that owing to the exciting times, failure 
jn the currency, &c, that little has been done on the important sub- 
ject since our last session, though the McDowell mission is an invi- 
ting field, and «hite to the harvest, we think this subject should be^ 
kept constantly before the churches, and the labors resiraied as soon, 
as possible. 

• ■ '?. W..HAYNES, Chm'n. 

On motion, agreed that the Clerk superintend the printing of the 
minutes, and that he have for his services four dollars in specie and 
four in Green Back, and have as many copies published . as the re r 
mainder of the money will pay for. 

Resolved, That the thanks of this body ari||9ue, and are hereby 
tendered to \the citizens of this neighborhood and community for 
the kind and hospitable manner in which' they have entertained this 
body during its session, , ' ■>* 

. : . ■ . . C. B. J. 

On motion, adjourned to*the time and place .for our next annual 
"meeting. Prayer 1 by the Moderator. 

L. McCUERY, Modehator. 

W. H. Logan, Clerk. '' > 



, SABBATH. 

The Stand was occupied on Sabbath by the brethren elected, who 
preached to a large and well ordered assembly. We hope the word 
.•spoken will have th^ desired effect. 



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MINUTES 



OF THE 



TWENTY-EIGHTH ANNIVERSARY 

OF THE 

Green River Baptist Association. 

HELD WITH 

Coopers' Gap Church, 

POLK COUNTY, N. C. 

October 5th, to thjc 8th ; 1866. 



RUTHERFORDTON, N. C 
PRINTED AT THE STAR OF 

1866. 



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MINUTES 



FRIDAY, October 5 r 1«66. 

At II oYVck. A. M., the Introduetrry Sermon was preached by Elder J. C. GrayftOB, 
frcm tst 1 int. 4:16. 

In the aliernoon the delegates reassembled, and, prayer having been offered by Eltfer 
L. McCunry, the letters tiom the 1 hurehes were read, the na:r«es of the delegates enroll 
ed, and the niate of the Chmchcs minuted. 

Elected Eider J. C. Grayson Moderator, and Elder C. B Justice Clerk. 

Called let corrH^potdence troin Ms?er Associations, and received. 

Firm Yalem, Fleet Joseph Bljthe, and brethren fc>. Waldrop, and G J Blylhe. 

Ftom Kiiigs Mountain, E'd*r* G. VV. Rollins, G. M. \V ebb, and Brethren N. Scoggm 
and J. R l.ogan. with a leue' and minutes. 

From Bioad River, Eiders I B Justice, and VV. Curtis,LL D., with a letter. 

From Catawba, none. 

On motion, visiting Brethren in the Ministry were invited to seats with us, Elder G. W 
Mare, at d J. Holben took seats. 

On motion, the Modulator appointed 'he iollowing Committee, on the business of the 
Asscciat ci. : L. iVSiCuny, A. Padgett, J R. bowman, with the Moderator and Cleik. 

On motion,, after singing, and prayer by Elder G. VV. /iollius, tne Association adjourned 
till to^menew mojniig, at 10 o : clcck. 



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Saturday Morning, October 6th, 
The Association was opened with singing, and prayer by Brother Webb 
Called t\>r ihe report oi Committee on Business of ihe Association, which was read m4 
adtptfd. 
Called the roll, and marked absentees. 
Read and approved the mii.u es o* yeMerday. 
Ihe Moderator appointed the tallowing C •rmni'tees : 
On Missions ;—C B. Justice, and B. E* Rolling. 
tfmptranct :— W. Hayues, and H. B. Wilson* 



P MINUTES. 

Sabbafh **chools ;— J. W. Morgan, and H O. Led better. 

Periodical*:— \*. McCurry, and C. Durham 

Corresporidtnce:—}. R. Bowman, and A. .VlcVlahan. 

Finance:— J. T. Price, if'. P Hemphill, and B P. Simmons 

Queries:— A. Paired, W. Curtis, L L.D G W. RaHdis. W. Haynes. and T. S Jn»t^e. 
Preac/iing : — D. L). Lalimore, J. B Grayson, VV. Blanton, Pa*ior and Deacons firf 
Cooper's Gap Church. 

Called tor the Circt.lar, Elder L. McCimy having failed to write on the aid] ft jrtveo 
him, r*ad a Circular on Sabbath School, which was adopted and ordered to i>e printed 
with tha Minutes'. 

Appointed Eider J R Bowman to wri*e the next Circu'ar letter. Subject, Foreign Missions 

Appointed the next lisaocration to oe held with the Monttords Com Church, 15 miles 
U. VV. ol Rutherlordton, to commence on Friday before the firss Lord's dav 'in f>ct , 1*67. 

J5 ! ecied Klder L. McCurry to preach the Introductory sermon — VV. H. L t an alternate. 

Elected, Kid era V B. Ju-uioe, VV. Curtis £• L 1>. and G. VV 'ioldn* to preacu on 5,'>rd § 
day in thw order of their names ; the second sermon to be o « the subject of Missions* 

On motion, agreed to take up a collection lor Mi.-sions, after the second sermon, on 
to* morrow 

Kea and adopted the report on Periodicals See Report A. 

The Committee on Temperance mat!e their report wnich was adopted. See Report B, 

iiead and adopted the rep** J on A/isMons See Kep<ri C 

Real an*l ad pled the report on CorVe«*p )tu|e(iiVrf 

Ttie i\fiodetan»r apooi ted Messengers tb no*rre-*T.if»*fVr»'g Associations, 

to Br>a-I River— K.der* B E Roiling \ Me.viaha , t. McCa ry, W. J Wilkey, J. C. 
Grayson, C. B Ju-lice ; Brethren rt t1 . .VWbfre J> a* d .tan>* Woo?. 

To Salem— Elders A. Padged, . VV. D. Linear tsr, VV. H Ligan, C. B. Justice, VV. 
Uayne- and BiOtr er J <"• WatdrOp. ' ........ 

To Kiniis M ..un'ain— Eidirs C B. Justice, J. \\ Bowman, I. ftfcCbtry, \. Padgett, iind 
Brother U. D Lathnrue 

To Catawna— VI. f) Corn. 

Appointed iwiiex! U ion .v1*eii»«Mo'tle ftM f oh ihfe rh'hrctt at Shi'oh, on Friday!** 
fore the 3rd * ovo'k day in .April 1X67. a -•! jhat Eiders *A 7 . W L »gah, J. R. Bow.uiii, A. 
Fadgett. A. McJfStVi -aid B. E Uoilina a ire ml it. 

EHer A, Padgett, offered i ie following preamble and resolution, which was ad '*pten\ 

■Whbhbas, there seems to be a growing e .de-ey on rb'e p.»rl of uiauV of '"if Chdrch 
members to engage with the worn* m revelry in«i man) ftivo ittes, Wucn a« p'ayf., dan* 
cing &c, which , we co*.sder a growing evil. iheieiure _j 

Hesolvtd/T Hf ^e advise otfr Church. «• to flt&JjpfiS «ll meiiioers thus tngffged 1 , a!v 
«a4e»-. tiir>y ananden the nefarious practice, ex«du 'e the«n. 

After singing, ittd prayer by Elder L AlcCuti), at'j .urned to meet at 9 d'clwk Monday 
looming 

I UM»AV VIorcing. October Ti»s 1807. ^ 
Elder T B Juatice preached^ folio vvtd by E Vler W.Cunrs, LL.H., a ^i^iimari sermon^ 
af'er which a collation was »aken up for forei.ru Mt^ions, amodmiug to *9 65 in car- 
ffency, and$7 39 u. 4 P «cie. In H.e anenmon, E d«r G. VV. Rollus preached, and it it 
hoped that the I djors of the day will beprolucnve pi muob and lasting good, 

M«»NDAY, October Slh. 
Th« Association met at 9 o'clock, and was opened with «iuging, an4 prayer by Elder 

liie Commiltw of Finance reported $15^0 in specie and $10 40 in curreicy, sent up 
fey the Chorche." f'>r printing Minutes. c \- a 

Ou\pteJ. iha« th" C!cr^ /etam U (Ml in spep'-e. and $\ 00 in cur re cy for hi- MMViees, an<l 
that he have as mai.y Miuutei printed as die remainder ol the money oa hand wul pay to? ?< 



MINPTK8. » 

Thrt Committee on <& series made their report, which was adopted am* the Committer 
discharged See U»m.or/ 

Re-id and adapted (he report of the C wmjttee on Sabbath School. See Keport E. - 

i aou, an ««eiiH + l turner »f Coo >»r*« <*i > C»ur<*h iv^ a 'H^a m^n -trial, ana 

orevanre, ni^ed bv thirv five me ^ber* of he Cooper > Can Church, asking 

the \* - ia»ior» 'o i nv^'i^.a!- hi- «■»«'*. .and g»ve hi n . <acri ad vie ». as hi* ca<e demandt. 

: ,the Moderate r ao ( vo : nted Ridem f.. W'Curry, r B J-istme ■ E L. Taylor, W 

D Lat»eW«t*r. C Durham, H K Kn|iin«. A MoMtban, W. Wayne*, Brethren E. Tom*,. 

J W. M»r»an, win he vl d^rat r ail Clerk, a com nittee to meet with the Cooper'a 

Gap Cti'irr.i, \i rridav beto'e 'be 3 d LordVday in N ivemb^r, H63, to investigate aaii 

dlmenlty and report to tht* body *» '?* n»»x» m^e iog •-•.,.: 

Oi motion, EMer C. 8 Jmioe, VV layoea, B. E Rollins, aid J. K Bowman were ap* 
poi»»et delegates 10 'he uex« meeting ot die western Baptist _ -State- Cou.ventio.ri of N. C 

^,v.«,/ That the thank t of 'hi* bodv are due. and are hereby tendered to the C( opera 
Gap C U rsh an i co rimu >t?y, 'or heir ho<pi ality dnn m tHm ?tay m n sue n 

»Ker «i;»gmg, and prayer by E der vV. Curtis, LL>, »he Assommion fiua.Hy adjourned. 
* ' h *' l \ J. GKAYSUN, Moderator. 

C B Justice, Clerk. 

]k. ., 

K«p)W oi Periodicals. — We the Committee on Periodica!*, beg leave to make the follow* 
fog reo rt : _ 

>Vn«aK\«. Money i* very kit'<M, we rero-nmend th*» Biblical Hervler. onr State Paper, 
iha ; &a* w.t' e ed th - t arm of wk. and in fn-t all in itorms foi abn thirty yea- ',<■ d 
wmch m -d-ted hy live able*; edtor th-ii it ha- ha t *ioce the day* ot or >t-it*r iVle«eu.»», it 
IB certainly Bapfcstic t we therefore recommend it to every Bapitat iau.i" 

Lewis M* (Jut r j, Chairman. 

B 

Report at Temoerance —Yonr rommi tee on Temp»rarice report:. — That we feel .to 
lhanfe (v » I a»rd ta%v» tr^-sn courage, i • t»ie oro-e.^ation ot ttu=i sacre J cause: that it mny t§ 
©irried »n iniopi* liie UmtVcheW, a »til the hn»1 e oeni'y is ■ destroyed. Temporaries fei one of 
the &YaCtV* <d tne «pitit— ' r add to your Fauh Virtue to Virtue kriowled^, to Koo i led^fr 
Tem'p er tncf*. 1 ' An enlightened peopfe are a temperance people, t^-r chnic.h^^ ail f« ■• 
port m ! e riielves cl^ar of di«tilier«, venders and beverage drmkar,. SnreLv ojuf. labor* ar» 
not in v«i it) the [j)rd. Our Chtrche** Hhonld en«ieavor— yea earnestly «"U!t,end tor a 
sound m ihtr r on this a<* w^ll a-* nit all 'the fundamental doctrines oj the Goxpel — a sound 
(JhiniNiri . >oiir-t -eunrehe* — utinnti id mim-trv, unsound chutcnes. ''idtich nut, taste not. 
haVut'e M«it, tho uurleau thitig." -Fear Hod and keep Hia couimandmeut. t->r '.hi-* ia lh& 
who!*: ouy ot man," VV. Hayues, Lhairman. 

C. 

Report on Mwyionf.— Yon'r commit'eeon Missions are very; aorr,y that circnTMtance^ have 
bee o Mutrn. that t »r he last year we hiy.e, been cotnpeiled toabantior, our S i .sionaiy work 
and have thereby Mimained oonsiderable Ion-* • but think the time has now arrived, when 
weston d ( resume the cultivation oi she fi^Uls that are "already white to the harvest, "— 
and it we cannot give the ri'hman's eaiiie 'et os give the widow's inite 

Ther« are many aactiots of our country that cad for etf.ria upon our part, to send them 
!ha Gospel, and the qnegtiOM at once presents itself — how shad we meet the demands that 
are up»n us? For wtuie the hame fieid call* for aid, and while we d id m, almost e«ery 
corner of our country, wi&K churchet that need a^si»*tance, aid destitute sections thai call 
lor tnvni-iteriHl ia'^or, tie voice, ot our Missionaries reach us thrjoughJhg 3oard. caiitog-iof 
aaabiauce, aud leUiug ua that taay have sacrifice ovarything toa* can,— »h-»y« laborai xs'tik. 



MINUTE*. 

Jthftir Hands f i r a support, an 1 that now it will be impossible for *r> m » of th* n t* import 
their families, t»vn . mi th'i* way, in consequence of the (1f4irae« ? ed c •imfitiort of thecoiin* 
fires in whch tSev are laboring. In answer to the-* queajuvn, w* recommend that each 
Minister in thb» A**'w5*a!io» t»« requested to labor in trie bouulj of thn A^Ociation, foe 
one month, between thi* and »n» next rnee'ine of thi* h »<tv : and 'hat they relv on iheti 
fie'dn for supper* *<.A « h :• t we advi«e the'chii che« to pay them a- well n< -hey can for 
their service* We also recommend thai ihe col ection takV'V/np o < Snj da% be applied 
to Foieigu Missions. 

V. 

Report on Queries ^Yonr committee on Q-ienes respectfully report— lhat in answer t» 
the -first qntry ' tftmi ttoek Spring CbUrch .a'- .follows ; 

is it according to B<*p;i:-t u^at}* lor a crunch :o call in a committee from other chorche* t 
and reter a man r to them, ami after r«crei*- iuj* /heir report, proceed to exclude the de~ 
fend ant Contrary to trie advice, or wi-*h ot ihe comoii tee? They sub niv thai lhe«e ***• 
the principle* ..ml u&ge* ot the Baptist etmiches, A church when dealing with a brother 
in disorder may call to^e her a «• >.nntttee ot Brethren from **sier ehureiies to advise her 
when in oiifieuities, and if 'ne«e ditficu lies are only a* to makers < f ju lament as to fact, 
or expediency in one ot two or rn re c< urses to be pursued, m ty b.ud herself to be gov* 
erned by thedecis-ion ot toe eomtnutee a<id 'lien is so bound ; but as to mat ers that in* 
voJve the g«d standing, or the exe ommu nicawoo of a member while a ch ir«h nriAy ask 
advice she cannot delegate the final decision ot he questions to any other b »dy, but must 
mi-ke stria hu>elf a- ben te the £iea» Head of the chuich and wifh" j rayei to Go'. 

Ju answer \o second query a-t t dto\;s: — Snou'ut a minister rebapu-e a candi late into the 
iellowsh.pof a mureh, wh'i'ii he hal baptised in the fellow- ip ot another clutch, and 
who had been excluded h»r gro>s disorder from the chUrch first j lined ? They recoru** 
mend the answer to be wihout au> quat ti< -ation. No, 

In answer to the fallowing qu ry bom Camp »^reek Church: — What cojrse ^hall a reg* 
lllar Baptist church pur-ue with a member who ha* obtained a letter id dismission to join 
anolher chuich td the frame taith and order, arid On that letter ha** j -ined the Primitive 
Baptist, and e* gaged in d's'ildng ! They lecnmnend the tnUowing answer: 

By refeiriug to the vltuuie>» ot thi-* b>ly I >r 1857 it will b* !ou id that me correct prin- 
ciples is laid down, thai the mere giving of a letter of dismissal, to a member to j un a 
sister church d<w» not in itself dirmi^s the one that obtains it, hut that the dismission it 
on'y onrnple'e when such a c>ne is received into another chur-h ; his mem bend) ip there* 
fjre remains, even while holding the letter, in the church that give^ it, as therefore a 
letter cannot be, and never i* given by any ot on. ciiurohe*. feu any b it a sister church of 
the same lai'h and order. The party enquired about in the pie*ent query i«« s.ili a mem- 
ber of the Camp Creek church, and is tu be cited -o them and dealt wuh by them / and 
if he willn'it appear ^ou*d be excluded tor cnntempt of the chun-h. 

iti answer to die query Irora the Cool Spring ciiaich as lollown: — What shall we do 
with the t-oiored members ? Ycur committee recommends the following : — That tor tho 
present, at ail events, ihe chu'cn relations of tjie colored n-etnbt*^ [to which of course 
they suppose the query only refe.sj t e co at .ttuni as tl e> hate 1 een h'theito regarded. 

lu mailers reUung tt» their own people it is Ocjisevel Uiat tney snnuld bef;iliy o -rnultel 
and that they should now be especially counseled to preserve their good ord«r and regtK 
iar attendance wi h u8—ku,dnes» ami forbearance with them is evidently required while 
th«y are sodistuihed by so many circumstaucas calculated to turn them ardde trom theil 
iirjiphciiy in Chust. A. Padgett, Chairman. 

E 

Beport on Sabbath Schools— Your committee on Sabbath School do report :— That wa 
think n uunectMt-aiy to enter into a discussion of the merits of Sabbath Schools, as thai 
subject hat* been nbly discu^-ed m ihe Circuiai read and adopted bv this body, we recom* 
«aend a careful pesucai of said Circular. i. W. Morgan, Chairman. 



Statistical Table. 



fbtirebee, 
IVd 1st Broad, 
Alt. Vernon, 
Cane Creek, 
Alt. Zion, 
Ml. Lebanon, 
JSiiiloh, 
Cool Springs. 
Greens Creek, 
White Oak, 
Rock Springs, 
Alt Pleasant, 
Pleasant Hill, 
H. Grove, 
Bethel, 
MVn Creek, 
Bills Creek, 
Mont foul Cove, 
Silver Creek, 
Dysartsville, 
&ihdy Springs, 
Camp Creek, 
Zions Hill, 
Cooper's Gar^ 
Mt. Carmel, 
B^thlehena, 
; to and Mill. 



Clerks. 
J. G. Fortune J 
H.J. Williams! 
R. K. WlUon 
I). Latimore j 
M. B Freeman : 
B. E. Blantoti ! 
M. J. H&rrHt | 
D. Feapans j 
J. C. Waldrop: 
B. Whitesides j 
W. S. Hill 
N. E. Wallwr | 
G. M. Walton 
J. M, AaUoru | 
\V. Mc Entire | 
4. Taylor 
1. W Morgan \ 
T. Kgerlon 
J. D. Taylor 
L. Lane aster 
i. Pope 

•J. Brown 
T. Hawkins 

N. Souther 
•\\ Morgan 



Supplies. 
tt.'fi. Rollins 
W. H. Loo an 
<3. W. Koilins 
% A/cC.rry 
' B. E Koilins 
! \WJ Wilkie 
| W- Harrii 
j M, Mo Ma Ivan 
! VV D Lancaster 
! B. E. Kollins 
| W. H 4-AMcM 
! E. L Taylor 
C B. Justice 
i J. C. Grayson 
I VV. H. Logan 
! VV. H. Logan 
| C, B, Justice 
VV. H. Logan 
€. B. jus 1 ice 
| A. Padgett 
| W. J. Wilkie 

I VV. H. Logan 
j J. Pendergrais 

C. B. Justice 
! VV Haynns 



Post Offices. 
}V\ 1st Broad, 

!. i.(i.".'^! 'it(H), 

PaUons home, 

i Logans S:ore. 
I Kutueifurdion, 

| N".mly Plains, 
I Cclumbus 

Webbs Ford, 
Ratheffbrdton, 
Oysarnsville, 
ga$ar Hill, 
Kuinerlordion, 

I Otter Creek. 
! Columbus, 
I DysaiUvdle, 

| Pattons Home, 



Marion, 

Black Mountain, 

Cuba, 



3 Ostites Nima*. 
1 *BE Rollins, J M Mode, J Monnev, 

H li '.v.,s>n, A E Miller, it P Oee'r! 
! H K -.Vlsj,! 

4 *L vh> ;,j- ry . J r P;cri, P .0 Laltirnore. 
3 A P rl *;i«d-»li, A E Wilson. 

*vV.J Wiik.e, *1 Culur,vh,*J. Wilkie. E. Toms, J. W 
i *VV H.-.mi. y J Har.il. 
3 I) Fe^aru. .) F*Uf-«ift, J W £e.*fam& J L McDowell. 

3 I) <xir:ei, V S,iUvVi, j C Wiit.Jr.ip. 

4 A L/oon. K L- iOMMr. !l W:m« a ides, % T Whitest 
i *A Vic vl.ih ifi, f . D si>ia<n, 
I *K L lavio., N ri .Viii^r, J^.Grizjl. 

1 *J C urr*ysoMj H r> .V. ;, ■ <-, flH , 

2 M J>' Al wg^i* J H U.iysori. 
j *J ft B.kvukui, VV Gjt^r, Vy*W» G^sr, j P $orr*ts 
l* 4 V <l Login. W Fhun, J W HoHnrd. 

2 *C B Justice. .1 VV M >^» ,. T V Hemphill, 

2 J^rry lickso.., \ Jackson, 
4 W in Bi.uiLh:, 
1 *.\ Pad'-tt, *vv Lancaster, L U'Lincaste'r, J t Spia«. 

j J pope, G VV (iuffy. 

! ]No return. 

! J Brown, J M Fradv, I Cowart. L Cowart J Jackson, 

3 T F Hawkins, It Odom, 
3 K H Moore, N Souiher, 
1 i *VV Hayaes, D Morgan. 



Total 
Thow.- marked (*] are Ordained Ministers, those ortarkei 






,m ; t - ■••• * 



Circular 



Dear Brethren : 

Considering all the circumstances in which we are placed, we have thought it better to 
change the subject of our Circular Letter to yoa, for the present year, to that of the Nature 
and advantages of Sabbath Sc&oo/s, and the best mode of conducting them. We are glad that 
this is not an entirely new matter for your consideration, but it is ceirtain 
we have uot had the success that the advocates of this cause expected, and that even the 
attention and the prominence we now give to it would seem to require. The present num- 
ber of our Churches is twenty five, of Ministers ordained and licentiated, about twenty, 
and of church members about tweuty^five hundred or the average of one hundred to each 
church. Now it is at once evident, that if a School equal to the membership of the 
churches could be gathered every Lord's Day, even for nine months of each year, the ins 
fluencep of our Churches would be amazingly increased. We hope dear brethren to 
show yon that this can be done. 

What is a Sabbath School? We answer, any number of people of all ages beyond ins 
fancy gathereh together to learn and to understand the scriptures on the Sabbath day, by 
means of personal conversation. We beg you, dear brethren, especially to consid er tis 
explanation of what we mean by a Sabbath School. Most frequently the idea of the 
schooi is, that it is almost if not entirely for children ; but this must not be, and for the 
best that can be done by this instituioa ought not to be- All, of all ages, should join in 
the classes of the Sabbath School. None of us are ever too old to leain and especially to 
learn to grow in the understanding of the Bible. 



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God has given us the time especially for this and shall we not use it % Let us remember; 
that when a child is twelve years of age it has had one year of Sabbath days since it was 
five years old, in which it ought to have been learning nothing but about its Bible and 
the Gospel of Christ. One year's schooling for the kingdom of God certainly provided 
for before a child is twelve years old — can we any longer afford to throw it away ? Will 
there be any excuse for parents, at the last day, if their children cannot read the Bible, do 
not know its most important facts and understand its prominent doctrines? Still further 
we urge it upon you, that for every seven years of life we pass we have secured to us 
one year of Sabbath days, in which by properly ordered Sabbath Schools, we may all of 
us be instructed in the truths of the Bible. Has our Heavenly Father provided for our 
welfare so certainly in any other thing as in this if we keep our Sabbaths for their 
proper duty ? At twenty-six years of age a young man or young woman has had three 
years of Sabbath days for schooling in the Bible ; at foriy-seven a mature man or woman 
may have spent six years of Sabbath days doing nothing else but studying and learning 
the Bibie to fit him ot her for usefulness here, or for heaven and holy duties hereafter* 
We have no such certain time for attention to any single earthly occupation. Who can 
tell what can be accomplished in three years or in six years of constant learning of any 
subject 1 ? We only now beg you no longer to throw away, by carelessness, in ignorance 
of what you are about, or in most culpable disobedience and contempt of God, your 
Sabbath days — your opportunities for learning how to read the Bible and all its blessed 
truth. The time therefore for the Sabbath school is such a portion of every Sabbath day 
throughout the entire year as can be appropriated to it without interfering with other 
sabbath duties. It possible the school should not be suspended in the winter season. — 
We know that at present our meeting-houses are inconvenient and cold for the most 
part, and in the winter season difficult of access ; but a little effort joined with a little 
liberality may soon improve our meeting-houses, and a little perseverance joined with 
a strong desire will for the most part overcome rhe last named difficulty. The School had" 
to some convenient private house, neighborhood, school-room, or other place during the 
better even be adjourned cold and rainy weather than be suspended. 

As to the members of whom the sabbath school ought to be composed we believe they 
should be all of all ages and ot all classes included wiihin our bounds, who can attend. 
Those who cannot are surely but those who by infirmity or illness, by necessary care of 
the house or of the little children must of necessity remain at home, or those who have 
to atteud on other religious, or other necessary duties. We would have our sabbath-' 
schools include everybody else; the gray haired patriarch of many years — the active man 
of business — the influential mothers of israel and all the youth and children of out 
congregations and neighborhoods- We do not forget that the History of modern sabbath 
schools, and the manner in which they have been carried on do not provide for and > 
bring out all these view6 that we are presenting; we are aware <hat at first sabbaths 
schools were particularly designed for the children and for the poor. When Robert 
Raikes and George Fox in Bristol began their work poor children were those whom they 
gathered together. But how has the blessed principle, that they then struck out, shown 
itself to be one of those long forgotten priviledges and dnties of which they then only re* 
cognized a part. They were for vigorously applying, for one class, what yet had to be 
dene in common for all people to whom the Bible shall go. The systematic instruction 
in the Bible, by individual and personal conversation, of every one in a christian land, is 
the great truth of which they only let escape a glimpse. Since their time how greatly 
has this institution been enlarged ; now it certainly embraces everywhere the children of 
all classes, rich and poor, educated and uneducated, together with a large portion of mem- 
bers of all christian churches and their congregations. We only wish to urge on the day 
when sabbath schools shall embrace all of any class who can attend. That this great 
movement for the improvement of our race began with the poor,and withchildien only en- 
sures its onward progress and future triumph, as in the boiling of water, he is foolish 
and cannot warm but the smallest part who shall place the fire on the top of the vessel 



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*hat contains it, but must always put the vessel above the fire to heal the lowett portions 
first, so all reforms that have benefitted society have commenced with its lowest divisions. 
The advancement of the bounds of this institution tell all classes of all ages are included 
is therefore most certain. 

The subject matter to be taught in the sabbath>school is a/ways the Bible and what bears 
directly upon it. Other things, that do not do, so should not be~taught there. This princi- 
ple should never be lost sight ot or the sabbath^school will be broken. The education in 
reading hnd other things that may be required will be indirectly given. This will be given; 
it is not wrong to learn to read in the sabbath^school but it must be by learning to read 
about God. Books can be obtained that will thus teach children and all persons; and 
children and grown people may often get all the direct tuition they ever receive in ihe 
sabbath school. It will not be the worse for them that perhaps the first lesson in reading 
that they ever received was that GOD spell God ; in geography that "God called the 
dry land earth, and the gathering together of the waters called he seas," or in astronomy 
that "God made two great Zights, the greater to rule the day and the lesser to rule the 
night j he made the stars also." Indeed as to .History' as to Arithmetic, and as to almost 
all sciences the elements ot them must be touched upon that we may understand the 
Bible, and the Biole requires us to learn them, Chiefly, however, the Bible is to be com» 
mitted to memory, one part of it is to be compared with another, and the instruction for 
tile heart and for the conscience, and for the poor lost sinner, that gathers about Jesus 
Christ is to be attended to. Singing must also as one of the best methods of holding and 
improving the heart for God be particularly attended to. All that can learn to speak 
should learn to sing — and first to sing God's praises and the love of Christ. Nor is a 
sabbath-school to be carried on without prayer, it should always thns be opened and often 
thus be closed. And though not a meeting of the church or branch of the church it is an 
especial meeting of the congregation of those who would worship God and learn his will, 
under the entire direction of members of the church, and it becomes an auxiliaryjmeane 
of preaching the word of truth in a most efficient and direct way. Its purpose on the- 
part of those who conduct it should be to cultivate the gift ot teaching, of public prayei, of 
exhortation,and of the most blessed of Christian duties— that of winning souls to Chsisf 

As lothe Advantages of sabbath -schools we would write to you more directly still. VVe 
are told in the prophecy of Malachi, chap, iv: 5, 6. that "before the coming of the day 
of the Lord," which refers to the establishing of Christ's church ia her lull power and 
glory in the earth, as at first begun when Christ took upon himself our human nature and 
because the child of the virgin, but is successively fulfilled in the spieading ot Ihe Gos- 
pel, of Christ throughout the world and the revivals ot pure religion among the churches 
that the prophet who goes before the Lord turnes"the heart of the fathers to their children 
and the heart of the children to their fathers." This surely has J its" accomplishment 
in part in the sabbathsschool enterprise. It is not to be ovejlooked that Robert Raikes 
and George Fox called attention to this great cause a few years before the great revival 
in the churches as to the their attention to the missionary cause in sending out Caiey 
Ward and Marsheman to India and China, and in the foundation of the first Bible Societ^ 
mainly under the energetic labors our devoted brother Wm. Hughes — as Baptist We may hi* 
deed be thankful to the great Head of the Church that our Own Drethren Raikes, Carey and 
Hughes are among the most prominent in the discoursing of this great day of the spread 
of the Gospel now so far advanced. But the Saviour gives in his own life the best exv 
planation and enforcement of this prophecy and of our present subject, while we read 
about old Simeon and Oema taking up the holy Babe in their arms while Jesus himself as a 
man in the prime of his day, gather around himself, as chosen descip/es for the most' part 
certainly young men, and his favorije stopping place and work near Jerusalem is with such 
young people as Lazarus, Martha and Mary, joining/with them the youths -of the city 
and the little children/and says "Suffer even little children to some unto me and forbid, 
them not for of such is the kingdom of Heaven," we may see that the blessings of our 
religion are intended tounite"young men and maidens, old men and chiidrea to praise the 



g GiBCVLAK, 

name oi the Lord.' 1 But again sabbathsscbools have never been established and properly 
carried on but for a little whil« without the youth fand members of its Bible classes and 
those engaged therein being brought in large numbers into the church. It is the nursery 
of the church, a vigorous sabbath-st-hool always indicates a lively church— choicest spirit** 
ual plants are here raised, afterwards 10 be transplanted into the garden of the Lord. In 
one year in the report ot sabbath -schools as brought to the knowledge of the writer of this 
letter over ten thousand converts *iom the pupils were received into the churches, and 
over five thousand who afterwards became teachers or had been teachers of the junior 
classes. Of five hundred and seven ministers among various churches three hundred and. 
twelve had been sabbath^school scholars, and in eight years of the operations ot the 
American sabbath- schools Union twenty-six thousand three hundred and ninetysthree 
hopeful conversions of its members were reported. The moral influence exerted on all 
is not to be passed over. No member of Raike's sabbath>sehool was ever found in a jail, 
though all his pupils were from the necessitous and the ignorant poorj of five hundred 
committed to prison for various offences, but three had ever been in the sabbathsschool. 
This institution purifies and elevates the moral character of any people. It provides them 
with beneficial reading > with multitudes of volumes of the best of books. The grossly 
immoral reading now circulating in our land, and muck that is most baneful even in our 
newspapers and especially read on the sabbath day may thus be counteracted. In our 
noble, healthful and rich mountain valleys we need but to be supplied with pure streams 
oi knowledge to enjoy the paradise of God. Let us have them, they are within our 
grasp. but„ especially are our churches to be benefitted hereby. All of their members 
•should feel themselves bound to be concerned most deeply in the welfare of this cause, 
all who can, immediately oughj to attend the sabbath-school and aid it every Lord's day. 
Then do you not see, Dear Brethren, that we at once return to the old land mark, the true 
primitive otder, of being always gathered together on the first day of the week, see John 
XX:19-29v— Acts XX;7v.— I Cor. XVI:2v— Rev. I:10v. Indeed we do not grow in grace 
and in knowledge as churches, because we only meet on one sabbath in the month and! 
the day before for church bnsiness, instead of every Lord's day. We almost starve our 
own souls ; they have their rights for more spiritual food, he that sinneth in this thing" 
wrongeth them — "wrongeth his own soul." The excuse has been, vre have not ministers 
enough, by this is meant ordained preachers, to meet with us every "Lord's day, and 
therefore we cannot meet together for profit. We need not have an ordained minister 
with us eveiy time ^ e assemble, and this institution of the sabbath-schocl proves this, 
calls us together to give us something to do an individual christians for ourselves and for 
those sinners around us, who are perishing for lack of knowledge. Onr church members 
may here discover and improve rheir own spiritual gifts, those especially of prayer, of 
leaching or of exhortation. This is greatly needed; we now have hardly an opportune- 
ly for doing it. How few of our brethren, even of our aged brethren, have been in the 
lhabit of leading in prayer in any of our meetings ; we fear even of ^praying at home with 
their families constantly as they ought to do. Some perhaps never havepxayed in public ; 
eome churches have not a member that thinks of doing this except to say he has no gift- 
he must be excused. Now the sabbath-school meeting wili lead most assuredly to the 
prayer-meeting, and thus to a regular if not a full service of divine worship every Lord's 
<lay. From these meetings our young gifts for teaching, and the ministry will be discov- 
ered and improved till we raise up constantly among ourselves a home made ministry- 
through the grace of God — educated too in the ministry if not for the ministry. Some- 
such gathering as these seem the only opportunities to secure these gifts. Let us try tor 
them and by sustaining our sabbath^schools every Lord's day sweep away our poverty and 
our reproach as to spiritual jhings. What have our young brethren and our young sisters 
now to do in our churches, er for our churches,|of direct duty after their baptism^ Aiuoos! 
.nothing- Is it not a wonder that more of them "are not again entangled in the dissipation 
and temptations of the wicked world around them — 

Satan finds abundant ilia 

Fur idle handi to d©, ,fr 



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9 



Let them lit ne longer ati the day idle in the market place, let them go into the vineyard 
and they shall receive their penny. 

LaBtiy as to th* maimer of conducting them. First, let the names of all who join the 
•chool be entered On a list made tor the purpose, arid the presence or abse0.cc 
carefully noted down every Lord's day; then let a general eupermi d 
appointed, who shall conduct the exercises of the whole sonon!, *\-. 
prayer and singing, and reading a portion of theScriptures, arid el ■>• appropriate 

lemarks or such exercises as shall be most beneficial or he shall ask another io discharge 
tome of these duties in his stead, let him also see that the classes are properly supplied 
with teachers, and that the record of attendance is properiy kept; if there is a library, or 
any funds belonging to the school, let him see to it that they are faithfully attended to; let 
him remember that on him,as an individual, more responsibility rests for the welfare of the 
school than on any other single person, his perseverance, his spirit, his tact, his prayerful- 
flees will give character to the school. Let a sufficient number?' of teachers be appointed, 
or chosen, to divide those who attend into classes of from six to ten in each. The class of 
the grown persons will of course select their own teacher or leader; the classes of chil- 
dren, and their teachers, can be appointed by the superintendant, or the whole of the 
grown members of the school can regard themselves as a sabbath ^school society and can 
elect their teachers, clerks, ^librarian, treasurer and supenmeadant. The classes when 
once arranged should be thus kept, the teacher Who instructs or leads them should es- 
pecially orepare himself so to do, and always, if possible, be present, if necessarily abs 
sent he should feel bound to send a supply in his place or notify before hand the supe/ins 
tendant of his expected absence. Books of questions suitable to the capacities of the 
various classes should be obtained and each member should own one, Other books to 
make up a suitable library should be obtained and circulated, a small amount will buy a 
great many books ; a oent a week from each member regluarly brought to the school will 
jet all that is needed in the way of books and will supply to every member the "KiwD 
Words', published every montth by the sabbath-school Board of our church, located at 
Greeneyille, S. C. The lessons for each sabbath should be clearly given out by each teacher 
uThis class, this should not be too long, A hymn or verses of a hymn should be learned 
every week by the children; conveisation between the teacher and scholars upon the les- 
son should always occupy part of the time. The meaning and intent of what is taught^ 
in the lesson should always be enlarged upon. If a sufficient number of suitable books 
for the older classes cannot be got, lessons of an assigned portion of the Bible itself can 
most profitably be taken ; so much of it to be memorized, or so muoh of it to be only 
examined as to its meaning and allusions, as may be thought best. In any ease the mere 
recitation of a lesson should not be the only thing done; conversation upon it must not be 
overlooked, and the whole of the time allowed for the lesson should be occupied upon it. 
The teacher should sit with the class and especially with the children from the beginning 
to the end of the exercises, should try and be there first and remain till the last. All the 
exercises should be short, the whole of them as a general thing should not occupy more 
than from one hour and a quarter to one hour and a half. The order will perhaps be most 
advantageously ihis, first singing a hymn, second reading a short portion of the Scriptures 
rarely over fifteen to twenty verses ; third a short prayer ; fourth attention to the lessons for 
not over three quarters of an hour, a signal to begin and end this duty should be given by 
the superintendant; aitf all should attend to it; n\fth the books should Od distributed or any 
general arrangements made with the classes, the next It sson be assigned, the attendance 
noted or reports read ; nxtk any short address by the superintendant, or a stranger present 
or interesting remarks by others may be made; seventh close with singing either a hymn' 
or more extended singing exercises as may be thought beit. 



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From what has that been euggested surely at least one half of oar present members 
«an be induced to attend in every church and each of these can bring at least one from 
our congregation and organize these sabbath^schools. When this is done we anticipate 
another pentacostal season in the coming year and be assured that when they who fear 
the Lord speak often one to another the Lord will hearken and hear it and write it in 
his book of remembrance, and they shall be his in that day when he makes up hie 
jewels, and they shall be spared as a man spareth bis own son that serveth him. 



I 



MINUTES 

OF TH2 

GREEN RIVER 

UPTISf ASSOCIAT til 

AT ITS 

TWENTY-NINTH ANNIVERSARY, 

, HELD WITH 

MONTFORD'S COVE CHURCH, 

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N. C , 
OCTOBER 4TH TO 7TH, INCLUSIVE, 

1867. 



NEAP, HENDESONVILLE, 
1867. 



■Friday, October 4th, 1867.' 
The Green River Baptist Association convened with the Mont- 
ford's Cove church. 

The Introductory Sermon \vas preacnWf by Eld. L. JPCurry, from 
the 15th verse of the 2nd chapter of 2nd Tmiothj. 

After prayer by Eld. W. M. Lo^aY), took a recess of an hour, afier 
which the Delegates assembled in the house, and prayer bin i:i- 
been offered by Eid. J. 0. (JrayseTu, read letters From twenty-six 
Churches and enrolled Delegates' ttarries. . . 

Proceeded to fe-organizc the Association," In electing Eld. J. C.' 
ferayson. Moderator ; "and EM. C. B. Justice, Clerk'. 
Called for, Correspondence, and received fmii 
Salem. — A package m minutes, but no messenger or letter. 
, King's Mountain. -^-A fetter and package of minutes, by £'!)# 
Mndabf J#dera G» AIV WdSOj'G. 'W« $uUiu& aad bus W. &}&mt 



2 

Broad River.— A letter by Elders M. <S.- Bamet't and T. B; 
Justice. 

Catawba. — A minute by W. P. Hemphill^ 

Invited visiting brethren, in the Ministry, tfr jeats. Invitation 
accepted by Eld. N. Bo»ven, of the Salem Association. 

Appointed Elders L. M'Curry, A. M'Mahan/B. E. Rollins, with 
the Moderator and Clerk, a Committee of Arrangement. 

Appointed A. M'Dowell, H. B. Wilson and B, P.- Simmons, with' 
the Pastor and Deacons of Montford's Cove church, a Committee on' 
Preaching, whose duty it shall be to arrange preaching during the' 
session of the Association, except on Lord's Day. 

On motion, adjourned until to-morrow, 10 o'clock, A. M. Prayer" 
by Eld. G, M. Webb. 

i — ^~.*m-- i 

Saturday, October, 5, 1867. 
Met according to adjournment. Prayer by Eld. J. R. Denton. 
Read and adopted the report of the Committee of Arrangement. 
Called the Roll and marked absentees. 
Read and approved the minutes of yesterday/ 
Read Constitution and Rules of Decorum. 

The Moderator then announced the following domrliittees, to wit r 
On Missions.^-C. B. Justice, N'. Bowen and W. J*. Wilkey. 
" Temperances — jt B. Dentoti and D. D. Lattimore. 
11 Sabbath ScrfooLS.—J. R. Blanton and J. Mi Mode. 
" Periodicals. — B. E. Rollins and C. B. Justice. 
" Correspondence. — W. Haynes and A. M' Mahab. 
u Finance. — J. F. Pendergr'ass, E. Toms and J. Brown. 
Called for the Circular Letter. Eld. J. R. Bowman, who was 
to have written the Circular, reported that on account of ill 
health hehad failed to write; whereupon, on motion, he was excused. 
On motion, bro. B. P. Simmons, with the Moderator and Clerk, 
were apponited a committee to examine the works of Dr. Fuller, and 
select a Circular Letter from said works, to be published with these 
minutes. 

Elected Eld; J. C. Grayson to write the next Circular Letter; said 
Circular to be written on Charity. 

The following Query, from Mt. Pleasant church, was then taken 
up and discussed, viz : 

Is it consistent vfith th'e Word of God, and Baptist usage, for a 
Presbytery to ordain Deacons without examination ? 

After remarks by Elders Grayson, Barnett and M'Curry, the Asso- 
ciation adjourned for one hour. 



AFTERNOON SESSIOtt. 

Resumed the consideration of the Query from Mtt Pleasant, and 
after remarks by Elders T. B. Justice, Bowen, Wiltey, M'Curry 
anxlG. W. Rollins, it was answered in the negative. 

Agreed that thVnCxt session of this body be held witli tile ShiloaH 4 
0htirch;<situMed 5 miles South 1 df Rutherfordton; to et>mnience Writ* 
d§£'before the 1 ' 1st Lord's/Day in October, 1668.- 



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Elected Eld. W. H. Logan to preach the nex^t Introductory Ser.« 
-mon '; Eld. B. E. Rollins, alternate. 

Elected Elders G. W. Rollins, M. 0. Barnett and Jf. #owen, to 
preach on Sabba>th, in the order of their names. 

Ordered that a collection be taken up for Missions after t lhe 2n<jl 
sermon on Lord's Day. 

On motion, adjourned until Monday morning, 10 o'clock. 

Prayer by C. B. Justice. 

Loup's Day Morning, 10 o'clock. 
The stand was occupied at 10 o'clock, A. M., by Eld. G. W. Rol- 
lins, followed by Eld. M. 0. Barnett, after which a collection* was 
jtaken up for Missions, amounting to $8 48, in currency, and $5 18, 
in specie. In the afternoon Eld. N. Bovven preached, followed by 
pid. T. B. Justice, <who closed the exercises ot the day. 

Monday, October, 7, 1867. 
The Association me,t according io adjournment. Prayer by Eld.. 
<W. Haynes. 

Called the Roll, and marked absentees. 

The Committee appointed at the last session of this Association, 
to visit the Cooper's Gap d?ur ( ch, and try to settle a difficulty be- 
tween said Church and J. R. Blanton, reported that thev met with 
the Cooper's Gap Church on Friday the 22n^ day of March, 1867, 
and a quorum of the Committee not being present, those in attend- 
ance persuaded the Church to reconsider the case, and try to settle 
the difficulty themselves, which they readily agreed to do, and at 
once proceeded to investigate the case; and upon an acknowledge- 
ment being made by said ISlanton, did restore him to the fellowship 
,of the Church ; and al:o, restored his credentials. 

The above report was received, and the Committee discharged. 
Jlead and adopted the Report on Missions. See report A. 
Report on Temperance read and adopted. See report B. 
Report on Sabbath Schools read and adopted. See report C* 
Read and adopted the report on Periodicals. See report D. 
Read and adopted the report on Correspondence. 
Read and adopted the report on Finance, which shows $5 03, in 
specie, and $18 85, in currency, sent up by the Churches, for print- 
ing Minutes, 

Appointed correspondents to sister Associations : 
Broad River. — Elders W. Haynes, C. B. Justice and A. M'Mahan, 
Salem.— Elders W. J. Wi'lkey, W. H, £ogan, 0. B. Justice, W, 
Ifaynes, J. R. Blanton, J. F. Pendergrass and bro. J. M. Frady. 

King's Mountain.— Elders L. M'Curry, B. $. Rollins, 0. B. Jus- 
tice, W. Haynes and bros. J. M. Mode and D. D. Lattimore. 
CATAWBA.-r-Eld. J. C. Grayson and J. R. Denton. 
Agreed to hold a Ministers' and Deacons' meeting, in connection 
with the next Union Meeting of this Association, which will meejt 
with the Church at Rock Spring, on Friday before the 4th Lord's 
pay in November, 18ft"Z, 



,The following resolution, by J. R. I)enton, was adopted : 
Whereas, We think that the Resolution on Temperance, passecj. 
by the Green Rivei Association in 1862, is not understood; There- 
fore, 

l\eso 7 v>d, That it is not intended a* a jaw to force the Churches, 
jbul as advice to them, and a description of such Churches in that 
respect, as we are willing to associate with. 

J. R. DExYTGN. 



The following by J. C. .Grayson, was adopted: 

Whereas, There is a difference in conducting sinking in public 
worship ; Therefore, 

Icesolb't'd, That we advise the Churches to rise when they hear 
the tune started, and stand while they sing, and quit when they get 
(f'.ne. ' ! J.'C GRAYSON. 



The following by C. B. Justice, was adopted : 

Whereas, We understand |l\a;t the Executive Board of the 
Weste. n ij'aiti-t Siate Convention of North Carolina propose dp- 
]■ it dg a Missionary to labor in Polk county, and adjacent desti- 
tute fields; Therefore, . 

Revoked, Thai we recommend imh VV. J. Wflkey as a fit person 
lo receive suid appoijunient, and a k t'Wsame be conferred upon him. 
" " : " 0. 13. JUSTICE. 

R&solvod, That the tlranlys «>f this Association are hereby tendered 
tp tli'e iViHiitiye brethren for the use of their House of Worship, 
Uu-iiig the session of this body. C. B. JUSTICE. 

■ReMoRff. That tlie thanks of this Body are. hereby tendered to 
the citizens of the vicinity of Moinf-rdV Cove, for their hospitality 
in entertaining the Association during its session. 

. A. M'MAHAN. 

Ordered that the Clerk retain $3,03 in specie, and $3,00 in cur- 
rency, for his services; and have as. many Minutes printed as the 
money remaining ton hand will paj: for. 

Ordered that the collection takjn i}f) Qti Sunday, be paid over to 
the 'Treasurer of the Western fcfjStist Convention, to be applied to 
Home M is si ons. . 

On motion, the Moderator and Cle/4: were requested to represent 
this Association jn the next- meeting of the. said Western Convention,, 

On motion, adjoin ned to time and place above named, 

Praver by Eld. N. Bowers, 

J. C. GRAYSON, Moderator. 

C. B. Justice, Clerk. • 

BE PORT.— A. 
Tuu pom oil t tea on Mi&sious submit the following report: . 



tQi^^aes^aea^oL, wAmao 



Churches. 



Clerks. 




Supplies. 



Post Offices. 



BBLE0ATB3 1 MaUEB, 



Bead 1st Broad 
Bit. Vernon. 

Cane Creek. 
lit. Zion. 
Mt. Lebanon. 
Shiloah. 
Coo) Spring. 
Green's Creek. 
White Oak. 
Rock Spring. 
Mt. Pleasant. 
Pleasant Hill. 
Harmony Grove. 

Bethel. 
Mountain Creek 

Bill's Creek. 
M mtford's Cove 

Silver Greek. 
.Dysartsviile. 

Handy Springs. 

Camp Creek. 

Zion Hi 1. 

Cooper's Gap. 

Mt Carmel. 

Bethlehem. 

JfcouuU UdU 



J. G. Fortune. 
II. J. Williams. 
R. K, Wilson. 
D. D. Lattimore. 

A. E. Wilson, 

B. E. Blanton. 
J. G. W Arthur. 
D. Feagans. 
J,C. Waldroo. 
R. 0. Ledbetter. 
W. S.Hiil. 

H. C. Davis. 
G. M. Walton. 
J. M Raborn. 
W. M' Entire, 
,1 Taylor. 
J. W Morgan. 
J. Jackson. 

J. D. Taylor. 

D. G. Bullington 

i. S. Pope. 

H. K. Keeter. 

J. Brown. 

T. F. Hawkins. 

X. Souther. 



B. E. Rollins. 
W. H. Logan. 
G. W. Rollins. 
L. M'Curry. 
G. M. Webb. 

VV. ,J. Wilkey. 
W. Harvil. 
A. MeMahan. 



Head 1st. Broad, 
Rutherford ton. 
Pat. Home. 
Johnson. 
Logan's Store. 
Rutherford ton. 
Webb's Ford. 
Sandy Plains. 



W.I). LanchasterlC.ulmiibus. 



J. Bowman 
Haril&MeMabai 
E. L. Taylor. 
J. C Grayson. 
a n 

W. H. Logan. 

C. B. Justice. 

J. Holbert. 

C. B. Justice. 

LanclferfcPadg't 

W. .1. Wilkey. 

J. F. PemtergwaB 

VV. H. Logan. 

J.F Pendergrass 

C. B Justice 

W. G. &3\iim 'Cuba. 



Green Hill. 
Webb's Ford. . 
Rutheribrdton. 
Dysartsviile. 
Sugar Hill. 
Green Hill. 

Otter Creek. 
Hamilton's Ford 
Dysartsviile. 
Sandy Plains. 
Fatton Home. 
Marion. 

Dhimney Rock. 
Marion. 
[Black Mountain. 



ll*B. E. Rollins, JJ. M. Mode. - - 
2 E. 13. Wilson, A. E. Miller, R. S. Callahan. - 
1R. K. Wilson, James Foster. - ■ - . * 

l\*L M&Curry, D. D. Lnttimore, J. G. Divinney. • 

* TV. liurrk J- T. Bostic, M. J. Harnl, - l> 

A. McDowell. ] 

ITatnkK-O. Ledbetter, Z. T. Whiteside*,'*.*. B- 

I* A. MeMahan. - - " * ". 
V*R L. Taylor, J. M. Taylor, H. C. Davis. - - 
*J C. Gravson, A. H. Simmons, B. P. Simmons. • - 

•W. H. Logan, W. Flinn, J. Early D L • C^wford, P. \M 
2i*C. B. JusSce, J. W. Morgan, A. B. Ledbetter. - 
2 J. Jackson, sr., Andrew Jackson, - 
4 *J. R. Denton, L. L. Walker. ' " * 
l\*A. Padgett, * W. D. Lanehaster y J. V. Splawn. - 

lO.H.iwkins, John Pope. - - • .'-* 
li*J. F. Pendcrgrass, M. G. Pendorgrass. • - 

'.J. M. Fradv, J. Brown, J. Jackson, J. Gibbs, E. Gibbfl. - 
3|t F. Hawkins, John Poteet, 
3!R. II. Moure, G. R- Morgan. 

4 I# W Havnes, M. Harris, J l*incan. • • ." 
Tho,Mnarked thus * m ordained Minister^ jndfthdijjH 
fc to S* «M abwut u^oll Gallon Momlaj turn. 



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Your committee find that there has been hut little Jgissionary 
.^vork clone iu the bounds of the Association during the past year; 
but that there are large fields within the bounds of the Association 
that "are already white to the harvest,'' which ought to be occupied 
at once. We, therefore, advise the Churches to make some ar- 
rangement by which the fields may be occupied. Fur the encour- 
agement of the Churches it may be said that within the last fifiy 
years many Churches have been built up, and many Associations or- 
ganized, by Missionaries and their successors, who have been sent 
out to occupy the destitute fields. 

In regard to Foreign Missions, your committee are happy to state, 
that much has been done in this department of Christian duty, and 
'that the wilderness, and solitary place, has been made to blossom like 
the rose, and the people that Judson found in idolatry, now have 
their Churches, Associations and Conventions. 

We also find, through China, Africa, &c, they now have 
flourishing Churches, that are letting their light shine before, men, 
and that 'are glorifying the name of God. These are some of the 
.fruits of Missionary labors. But yet the destitution is not supplied ; 
but men and money are still needed to prosecute the work now be- 
gun. But tiie great want of the Foreign field is the outpouring of 
the Holy Spirit', which will be given in answer to the prayers of 
Cod's people. We would, therefore, urge on all Christians, the im- 
portance of praying earnestly for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit 
upon the heathen, that the seed that has already been sown may 
spring up and produce a copious harvest. 
Respectfully submitted. 

C. B. JUSTICE, Chm'n. 



REPORT UN TEMPERANCE.— B. 

The committee on Temperance beg leave to submit the following 
report : 

In the first place, it becomes us as Christians to conform to, and 
practice every doctrine made incumbent upon us by the teachings 
of the New Testament. Then is the doctrine of Temperance tauglit 
jn the Scriptures? We answer it is. We are taught in the Word, 
of God " to live soberly, righteously, and Godly in this present time." 
It was proposed of the first Baptist, that " he should neither drink 
wine nor strong drink.' 1 Now if we would be like the first Baptist, 
who was sent to be the harbinger of the blessed Redeemer, we must 
of necessity, refrain from drinking wine, or strong drink, asa beverage. 

Again; " Unless ye have the Spirit of Ohnst, ye are none of 
His'" Now, will the Spirit of Christ lead us into dram-diinkiug. or 
drunkenness ? Certainly not.' Then it' is wrong. We are to " let 
our light shine before men, '* to the glory of God Now, if any act, 
or practice, obscures our light as Christians, we should at once 
abandon it. It is a clear case that indulgence in ardent spirits is 
derogatory to our Christian character. 

Again: We should do *• all things to the glory of God." The 
use of iutoxicating licuors is, as a matter 01 course, not to. the gkjry 



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,of (io<1. Then we.ar.e under obligations to G$$ to abstain from the 
use of ardent spirits. Some argue that it is an abridgment of liber- 
ty to prohibit dram-drinking, So may the perpetrator of every oth- 
when exhorted to leave it off. 
Respectfully submitted. 

J. 11. DENTON, CWn. 



REPORT ON SABBATH SCHOOLS.— C. 
Your committee on Sabbath Schools submit the following report: 
We have great reason to belive that our Churches have not been 
.active during the past year, on this important subject. We find 
nothing in their letters to the Association, on the subject. Hence, 
we may infer that little or nothing has been done. However, we 
are informed, by the delegation from Cooper's Gap church, that 
they have had a Sunday School during £he past summer, in which 
there was some interest. The statistics of said school are not known. 
In order to sti.r up the .Churches in thib matter, we advise the 
ministers of thjjs Association to preach a sermon on this subject tp 
each of their Churches. A' Take this cbijd away, and nurse it for 
me," was the command of Pharoah's daughter, in regard to the nur- 
sing of Moses. The world is full of children to be nursed, and train- 
ed for the Lord ; or to be left to grow up in sin. We know of no 
better way to train our children for Heaven, than by sending them 
to a well-conducted Sabbath School. Respectfully submitted. 

J. R. BLANTON, Chm'n. 



REPORT ON PERIODICALS.—©. 

Your committee feel deeply the importance of the subject commit- 
ted to them. The very great advantages to be derived from a good 
Religious paper, make it desirable that one should be introduced 
:{nto every family. Moreover, the success of our enterprises in Edu- 
cation, Sunday Schools, ColpottagB and Missions, demand the gene- 
ral circulation of a paper published in our own region of country. 
We, therefore, recommend that the members of all our Churches 
subscribe for, and read the " Cottagk Visitor," published by Eld. 
N. Bovven, near Hendersonville, N. C, at the very low price of 
$1 50, per annum. Respectfully submitted. 

B. E. ROLLINS, Chm'n. 



€t&€w&4& iw f sa. 

, We, the undersigned committee, appointed by the Green River Associa- 
tion, at its late session, to examine the works of Andrew Fuller, and select a 
Circular Letter therefrom, and have the same published with the Minutes, have 
•xarnined said works, and selected the following, which we commend to the 
wftverful attention of the brethren : J. C. GRAYSON, ) 

m< B. P. SIMMONS^ Com. 

C. B. JUSTICE. ) 

Christian Churches^ellow-helpers with their Pastors to the Truth. 

" We, therefore, ought to receive such that we njight be fellow-helpers to, 

,$h£ truth.-'— jllJohnS. ' : ['' 



The ordination of elders over the churches was a practice among the prim- 
itive Christians — Acts 14: 23— and I hope it will never be dispensed with in 
our churches. Besides being sanctioned by Apostolie example, it is a guard ^ 
against the introduction of improper characters, who, by getting an artificial 
majority in a church, may intrude tlumselves on a people to their great in- 
jury. Hence the exhortation, "" Lny hands suddenly on no man." It also 
furnishes an opportunily of solemnly addressing both parties on the intimate 
Relation into which they have entered. Incompliance with this custom I 
would affectionately address the brethren on the present interesting occasion. 

The language of the text, I allow, has respect to Christian Missionaries 5 
but that which is said of them, and the treatment due to thenf will, in a 
great degree, apply to settled pastors j for 

1. Th'ef went forth taking nothing of the Gentiles ; and these'give up all 
worldly prospects and pursuits fur Christ's name-sake, and to'iserve your 
spiritual interests. 

2. Tke$ were engaged in a great work, even the evangelization of the 
world; and so are these. God promised Canaan to Abraham; but Israel must 
take it, and the world to Christ, but Christians must conquer it. "Go ye 
into all the world," &c. Of this army, Christian missionaries and ministers 
are the leaders. 

3. They wanted help from their brethren, and it was to the honor of pri- 
vate Christians to help them; for in so doing they became fellow-helpers, 
hot to them only, but also, "to the truth." And so do these need help, and 
it i3 for you, by helping them, to be fellow-helpers to'the truth. 

To illustrate and enforce the duty which is here enjoined upon you, we 
shall take a view of the work of a pastor, and observe, as we go along, how 
you are to be fellow-helpers in it'. 

In general, it is spreading the truth. This is the name by which the re- 
ligion of the' Bible is very properly designated, since it is not only true, but 
emphatically the truth v being the only true doctrine ever given to the world 
under the name of religion. AH that went before it were false, and tended 
to mislead and destroy the souls of men, on' the true character of God, and 
of men, and on the true way of salvation. 

The Apostle spoke not the language of conjecture, but of assuranee'; as 
one having been in a mine, coming to the light of day : "We believe and are 
snr'e." It is the work of your pastor to spread the heavenly truth, and yours* 
to fie fellow-helpers to the truth. Particularly, 

It is his work' to Preach the Gospel to ydh. There are many ways ic 
which you may be his fellow-helpers. 

1. In your prayers to God for him. 

I have lately read of a man who despised th^' prayers of a people. But so 
did not Paul. "Brethren, pray for us." "Now I beseech you, brethren, for 
the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive to. 
gether' with me in your prayers to God for me." Prepare the way to God's 
house by prayer. Do not e-xpect to profit else. It is a great merey that God 
sends to us by men like ourselves ; men whose everlasting interests are in- 
volved in their' doctrines. But they are simple creatures, SRbject to tempta- 
tions in commdh with others, and to some peculiar to themselves, they there- ■ 
foie need yoilr prayers. 

2. By an early a?id constant attendance, and spiritual attentiveness to the word, - 
you may be fellow-helper's. What an effect do empty pews, and yawning 
sleepy hearers,' produce ! How delightful for a nfthister to euter his pulpit, 
as Paul speaks 1 of coming to 4 Rome ; in the hope of being comforted by the 
faith of his hearers!— Rojcu r: ; P2. When faith is'seen to glisten 'in the eyes 
of an attentive audience, it prod dees feelings and thoughts more'interesting, 
ax'd affecting, than could ever k^ive been produced in the study; while the 
<Jrjntrary fchs a tendency t'd chill and fre'eZev the feelings of the soul, and t&^ 



reduce a minister to a situation resembling a ship locked in by islands of ice, 
near the poles. 

3. B y rendering his circumstances as easy as possible, so that, his mind may 
not be hart assed by worldly cares, you may be f. -How-helpers. I have nevtn? 
frit it a hardship to be dependant on a people who loved me I have thought 
it an honor to be so supported., The expressions of love are sweet. But if 
love be wanting, all ^oes wrong. Little is done, and that little is not done 
heartily. 

4. By enabling him by your habitual deportment in speak strongly as U the 
holy effects of religion, 'you may be fellow-helpers. He will wish to be able to 
point the world to the people of his charge and say — These are my epistles 
of cornuH-n %tion, known and read of all men ! And to address you boldly 
in ihe hearing, in the language of the Apostle — "such were some of you : but 
ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the 
Lord Jesus, and by the svirit'of our God." But if your conduct does not an- 
swer the description, who will believe him? 

II. Another part of your pastor's work is visiting the people from house to 
house, and encouraging hopeful characters to stand forivard on the Lord's side.— 
And in this you may be fellow-helpers. 

1. By welcoming him, and teaching your children and family it ( i-espect him. — 
Much depends on this. They »vjl| form their opinion of him by the senti- 
ments they hear yon express towards him ; and, if they do not think high of 
him, it cannot be expected they should profit undei his ministration. On 
the contrary, if they witness in you a high esteem for his character and his 
talonfs, they will attend his ministry greatly prepossessed in his favor, and 
with minds prepared to receive hW instructions. 

2 By noticing thos°. in the congreyation^who ars enquiring after the way of sal- 
vation, and directing them to the good old way, you may be fellow- helpers. There 
are some, who, like Barnabas with Saul, get acquainted, with, and assist 
converts in the divine life, and hrroduce them to the chur h. — Acts ix: 27. 
Such persons are great blessings jri a church, and great helpers to the pastor. 
Be friendly to the poor ; encourage the modest and timid ; visit the'sick,and 
converse and pray with them. This will strengthen the hands and cheer the 
heart of your pastor, and greatly promote the interest of truth 

III. Another part of his duty is the maintaiuance of a. faithful and strict dis- 
cipline. And in this yo'i may be lellow-helpers. lie must reprove, andreouke 
and sometimes senaratt? from the Church, some of whom he once thought 
well. This is a painful duty ; but it is a duty, and it is your duty to stand 
by him; say to him as the people said to Ezra, "Arise, for the matter l>e- 
longe-th unto thee; v;e also will be with thee. Be of good clv*er, and do it." 
Do n >t oo.isub relationship, or worldly interest, or private friendship. Do 
not weaken his reproofs by siding with the sinner Act in unison. "Have 
no fellowship with such an one, no, not to eat! " 

You especially who are deacons, you must be fellow-helpers. You must be 
to your pastor as Aaron, and Hur, were to Moses. Encourage him to ad- 
vise with you. It is customary in some of our churches', and I wish it w. -re. 
all, for the pastor and deacons to meet and consult oh the affairs of the 
church, an hour or ivv > some evening, immediately preceding the -monthly 
meeting of the church These meetings, in connection with rive staled meet- 
i'hgs of the church, constitute* a happy union of Christian wisdom, with 
Christian liberty. 

Thus, my dear brethren, I have pointed out, very brn fty and plainly, S 
few ways in which yon and your pastor irihy be fellow-helpers to the truths 
Consider wha'il have said as dictated f>y love and a desire lor your own 
welfare, and for the promotion of the cause of oui common Lord, and may 
$je Ltfrd gitii you understanding in ftil thrfcrg*. 



MIHUTES 

OF THE 

THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY, 

OF THE 

GREEN RIVER 

BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. 

HELD WITH 

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N. C M 
OCTOBER 2-5/ 

f 

1868. 



NEAR HENDERSONVILLE, NX. 
l§68. 



PEOCEEDItfGS. 

Friday, Oct. 2, 1868. 

The Introductory Sermon was preached by Eld. W. H. Logao r 
from Cor. 1 : 14. 

At the expiration- of a recess of 30 minutes the delegates re- 
assembled in the house, and after prayer by J. 0. Grayson, read 
loiters from the Churches, and enrolled Delegates' names. 

Head First Broad.— J. M. Mode, and W, L. Melton. 

Mt. Vernon.— H. B. Wilson, 11. J. Williams, and J. Bland. 

Cane Creek. — R. K. Williams, and E. Walker. 

Mt. Zion. — L. M'Curry, D. D. Latimore, and J. Brviney, 

Mt. Lebanon. — M. B. Freeman, and A. E. Wilson. 

Shiloah— W. J. Willkie, J. Willkie, H. Culbreth, E. Toms, 
C. J. Sparks, T. Lovelace, and J. E. Henry. 

Cool Springs.— W. Harril, J. Goode, J. Bostic, sr. 

Green's Creek.— D. Feagsns, A. M'Dowell, J. L. M'Dowell, ,G> 
A. Greenway, and W. Giles. 

White Oak.*— W. Splawn, and J. C. Waldrop. 

Rock Spring. — J. R. Blanton, and J. W. C. Whiteside. 

Mt. Pleasant. — T. Toms, and S- E. Bostic. 

Pleasant Hill. — E. D. Foster, and B. Hill. 

Harmony Groye. — J. C. Grayson : received without letter. 



Bethel. — J. M. Raburn, E. L. Morris, M. W. Morgan, and J, 
II. Morris. 

Mountain Creek. — W. U. M'Entirc, D. W. Greer, G. Hodge, and 
J. W. Lewis. 

Bill's Cheek.— W. H. Logan, W. Flinn, W. Williams, and C. 
S, Williams. 

Montford's Cove. — C. B. Justice, J. W. Morgan, T. R. Hemp- 
hill, and J. A. Nichols. 

Silver Greek. — Jerry Jackson. 

Dysartsville.-— J. D. Taylor, and A. F. Grayson. 

Sandy Spring. — A. Padgett, W. B. Lanchaster, R. M. Cash, and 
J. T. Splawn. 

Camp Creek. — G. W. Guffey, and C. Clements. 

Zion Hill. — J. F. Pentlergrass, and 1). M. Johnson. 

Cooper's Gap — P.Martin, J. Jackson, M. 11. Laughter, W. 
Cowart, H. T. Jackson, and I. M. Frady. 

Jut. Carmel. — T. F. Hawkins, and S. Han kins. 

Bethlehem. — E. M. Morgan, and W. H. Giilam. 

Round Hill. — M. Harris, and 11. 0. Ledbetter. 

Proceeded to ic-organize the Association by electing L. M'Carry, 
Moderator; and (J. R. Justice, Clerk 

Called for correspondence, and received from 

Salem, — N. Bo*ven, and G. S. Jones. 

King's Mountain. — G.M. Webb, and A.A. M'Swain,with a letter. 

Broad River. — T. B. Justice, TV\ Haynes, J. W. Davis, T. Die 
eon, and J. L. Ledford. 

Catawba. — Xoue. 

Invited transient Ministers to seats— invitation accepted by G. 
W. Mace, aud J. Williams. 

Appointed R. O. Ledbetter, J. W. Morgan, and H. B. Wilson, 
with the Pastor and Beacons of Shiloah church, a committee on Be 
ligious Exercises. 

Appointed J. C Grayson, W. J. Willkie, and W. D. Lanchaster, 
with the Moderator and Clerk, a committee to arrange the business 
of the Association . 

On motion, adjourned until half-past nine o'clock, to-morrow mor- 
ning. Prayer by W. J. Willkie. 



Saturday Morning, Oct. 3, 1868, 

The Association met according to adjournment. Prayer by the- 
Moderator. 
Read and approved the Minutes of yesterday. 
Eead and adopted the report of the Committee of Arrangement. 
Called the Roll. 

Read Constitution, and Rules of Decorum. 

On motion, the 4th Article of the Rules of Decorum was amended 
to read as follows: The Moderator and Clerk shall be chosen by 
ballot, and continue in office until their successors are elected. 
On motion, the Moderator appointed the following committees; 
On Finance. — E. Toms, and D. D, Lattimore. 
" Missions.— W. J. Wiilkie, N. Bowen, and C. B. Justice. 
" Temperance. — J. C. Grayson, and R. K. Wilson. 
" Sabbath Schools. — G. S. Joues, and A. A. M'Swain. 
" Periodicals. — T. 13. Justice, and J. W. Davis. 
li Correspondence. — W. Haynes, and J. M. Mode. 
The Circular Letter, written by J. C. Grayson, was read and 
adopted. 

Elected C. B. Justice to write the next Circular Letter; said let- 
ter to be written on the relative duties of Pastors and Churches. 

On motion, the delegates from Mountain Creek church were fc?- 
lowed to withdraw the Query from said church. 

Considered the following Query, from Montibrd's Cove : 

" Should a Church discard the baptisms of all the Primitive info- 
isters; or should the baptisms of some be received, and that of others 
rejected ? " 

Answer : We refer the Churches to the ans.ver to a Query sent 
from the Head of First Broad, in 1859, as follows : 

If the administrator has been ordained by a regular Presbytery 
and was in good standing when he left the Regular Baptist Church, 
and continued so, we consider the baptism valid. 

Elected N. Bowen to preach the Missionary Sermon on Lonfa 
Day. G. S. Jones to preach at 10 o'clock, and T. Dickson in the 
afternoon. 

Elected J. C. Grayson to preach the next Introductory Sermon, 
and W. Harnl, alternate. 

The Committee oi Finance reported £29,85, sent up by the Church- 
es for printing Minutes. 



Agreed that the next meeting of this body be held with the Church 
.at Rock Spring-, 12 miles West of Rutherfordton ; commencing Fri- 
day before the 1st Lord's Day in October, 1869. 

On motion, agreed that the next Union Meeting be held with the 
Bethel Church, on Friday before the 4th Lord's Day in July, 1869., 
L. M'Curry, N. Bovven, and J. C Grayson, to attend. 
Appointed the following correspondents : 

To Salem Association. — W. J. Willkie, 0. B. Justice, and W* 
H Logan. 
'•' King's Mountain.— L. M'Curry, A. Padgett, W. Harril, T. 

Lovelace, and R. 0. Ledbetter. 
u Broad River. — W. D. Lanchaster, C. B. Justice, and A.. 

Padgett. 
M Catawba. — J. C. Grayson, C. B. Justice, and J. Hemphill. 
Committee on Correspondence reported. Report adopted. 
On motion, took up a collection for the benefit of bro. A. C. Dur- 
ij'am, who is a beneficiary at Wake Forest College. 
Adjourned to Monday morning, 9* o'clock. 
Prayer by G. W. Mace. 



LORD'S DAY 



The day being very inclement, the congregation was small. Bro. 
Lowen preached the Missionary Sermon, at 11 o'clock, from the 
words, ■" Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" Acts 9 : 6. 

The collection for Missions amounted to $10,70. 



Monday. Morning, Oct. 4, 1868. 



Prayer by G-. S. Jones. 

Read and approved the Minutes of Saturday. 

Called the Roll and marked absentees. 

Report on Missions was read, and after remarks by KT. Bowen, W. 
J. Willkie, G. S. Jones, C. B. Justice, and R. 0. Ledbetter., was 
adopted. See Report A. 

Adopted the report on Temperance. See report, B. 

Report on Periodicals read, and after remarks by C. B. Justice, 
y. J. Willkie, L . M'Curry, .and BT. Bo wen, was adopted, A hand- 



some list of subscribers "was obtafaed for the (< Cottage Visitor" 
See report, Q t 

Read and adopted the report on Sabbath Schools. Remarks bj 
N. Bovven, L. M'Curry, and R. 0. Ledbetter. See report, D. 

On motion, agreed that the Constitution, and Rules of Decorum, 
as amended, be published with the Minutes. 

Ordered that the Clerk superintend the printing and distribution 
of the Minutes, and that he retain $6 for his services. 

Adopted the following resolution : 

Resolved, That we join with the Broad River, and King's Moun- 
tain Associations, in observing the last Thursday in the present montk 
as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God, for His abundant goo<&- 
»ess and mercy ; and also as a day of prayer to Him, that He will 
so overrule the affairs of government that we may be blessed vvitli 
peace. ' J. C. GRAYSON. 



Adopted the following : 

Resolved, That we appoint a minister to deliver a denominational 
sermon on Sabbath of the next meeting of this body. 

A. F. GRAYSON. 



Appointed N. Bovven to preach the Denominational Sermon, an$ 

J. C. Grayson, alternate. 

TJie following, offered by R. O. Ledbetter, was adopted : 
Resolved, That the thanks of this body are hereby tendered to the 

members, and citizens in the vicinity of Shiloah Church, for their 

hospitality to us during our stay with them. 



The following by J. R. Blanton, was adopted : 

Resolved, That we advise our Churches to encourage their colored 
members to obtain letters of dismission, with the view of organizing 
Churches where their numbers and intelligence will justify, and that 
they still have our prayers, and the advice of our ministers, to assist 
them. 

Ordered that the money collected for Missions, during this meet- 
ing, be applied to Home Missions. 

Elected W. J. Willkie, and C. B. Justice, to represent the Asso- 
ciation in the next session of the Western Baptist Convention. 

On motion, adjourned to meet Friday before the 1st Lord's Day 
in October, 1869, at Rock Spring church. 

Closing remarks ai:d prayer by N. Bovven. 

L. McCURRY, Moderator 

C. B. Justice, Clert r 



REPORTS OF COMMITTEES 



A. 

Report of Committee on Home and Foreign Missions. 

When we survey the field of Foreign Missions, we are constrained 
to say, that the demand for laborers, and money to support them, is 
very great; but the pressing necessity at present is funds to sustain 
the Missionaries already in the work. Brethren Stone, Beid, Yates, 
and other missionaries, need supplies, 

While the cry for help conies up from the far off millions, we find 
at our very doors, souls perishing for the bread of life J The mis- 
sionaries in the employment of the Western Baptist Convention 
find great destitution, and an open door. One of them, this sum- 
mer, preached the gospel to grown persons who had never heard it 
before;, and to parents who had not listened to a sermon since they 
* ere boys and girls. A great destitution also is found to exist, with 
regard to Bibles, and religious reading generally. Many feeble 
Churches are to be found, that with a little assistance, would soon 
be self-sustaining. There are also many neighborhoods and villages,, 
where there are no Baptist Churches, and seldom any Baptist preach- 
ing. These facts, together with the further fact that the Home Mis- 
sion work lies at the foundation of all Christian enterprise, force 
jour committee to the conviction that our attention should be main- 
ly directed, at present, to that department of labor. We cannot dis- 
miss this subject without saying that, the success of the Home Mis- 
sions, the past year, has been unusually great, and that God calls 
us by His favors upon it, to more enlarged views and labois in the 
anise. W. J. WILLKIE, Chm'n. 



T E M P E RANCE. 
13. 
Temperance is the moderate use of all things useful, and the total 
abstinence from all tiling's pernicious, or hurtful. Paul says, "Every 
man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things, now they 
do it to obtain a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible:" in 
which he refers to the gymnastic exercises of boxing, wrestling, and 
running races. According to Ilollins' ancient history, those who. 
strove for the mastery in these exercises, had to abstain from all in- 
toxicating liquors — they were not allowed even to drink wine; yet,. 
Paul says, they were temperate in all things; therefore temperance 
means abstinence from all intoxicating liquors, and everything else 
tbat is injurious. Paul says that temperance is afrnit of the Spirit 
of God. And Peter says: Add to your knowledge temperance. 
JUjid bishops are required to be temperate ; aged men are. required to 



he temperate ; and the scriptures enjoin temperance on all the fol- 
lowers of Christ. 

Dear brethren, let us .show by our daily conduct that we are tem- 
perate in all things, and consequently, that we are expecting an in- 
corruptible crown, which the Lord the righteous judge shall give us 
at that day. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. C. GRAYSON, Chm'n. 



SABBATH SCHOOLS. 
C. 

In order to present a correct report on this subject your committee 
must be guided by what is stated in the Church Letters, in the form 
of Sunday School statistics, in addition to what may have come un- 
der their observation, as matter appropriate. But, if we are not 
mistaken, the letters read in your hearing, gave us no facts on which 
to base a report — there was not a word said about Sunday Schools 
in any of them ; surely your Churches have forgotten the children ! * 
We would recommend the adoption of the following preamble and 
resolution : 

Whereas, The Sunday School cause is of vital importance in the 
.moral training of a community, second only to the regular pulpit 
ministration of the Word; and, 

Whereas, It is difficult to present a satisfactory report without 
having the facts; Therefore, 

Resolved) That we advise, and earnestly request, all our Churches 
in our bounds, to enter on their Annual Letters the number of schol- 
ars and teachers; also the number of books in the Library, and the 
name of Superintendent of their respective schools, together with 
any remarks of interest connected with the school. 

PERIODICALS. 
D. 

We recommend the ll Cottage Visitor," published near Hender- 
sonville, N. C, as a most excellent and valuable denominational pa- 
paper, to be obtained at a very leasonabie rate, only $1,50. Also,. 
the "Biblical Recorder," its reputation being well known through- 
out the State, as an able exponent of Baptist principles. And, also, 
the "Home & Foreign Journal," as a missionary or<ran. 

J. W. DAVIS, Chm'n. 

* Mt Vernon Sunday School numbers 60 scholars, and 8 teachers. 
Superintendent, R. J. Williams. 

A S S I A T I N 



Article 1. We believe in one only living and true God, and that 
there are three persons in the God-head, the Father, t lie Son, ami 
the Holy Ghost, and these, are one in substance, and equal in pow- 
er and glory. 



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2. We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are 
the word of God, and the only rule of faith and practice. 

3. We believe in the doctrine of original sin. 

4. We believe in a man's impotency to recover himself from the 
fallen state he is in, by his own free will and ability. 

5. We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God. only 
through the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ. 

6. We believe the saints shall persevere in grace, and that they 
never shall finally fall away. 

7. We believe that Baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances 
instituted by Christ, and that true believers are the only proper sub- 
jects thereof. 

8. We believe Immersion is the only scriptuial mode of Baptism. 

9. We believe that no person has a right to administer the ordi- 
nances, but such as are regularly called and qualified thereto. 

10. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, and a general 
judgment; that the punishment of the wicked shall be everlasting, 
and the joys of the righteous eternal. 

11. We, the members of the Green River Baptist Association, a 
grecing to the above Articles of Faith, do for, and in behalf of the 
Churches which we represent, covenant, agree and give ourselves up 
to each other in church and christian fellowship, in order to keep up 
(lie unity of the spirit in the bonds of peace, and to assist each other 
in all matters of distress, and to pray for each other's prosperity. 



RULES OF ORDER AS AMENDED. 



"Rule 1. Every meeting for business shall be opened and close by 
prayer, cither by the Moderator, or some brother whom he shall ap- 
point. 

2. Every speaker shall rise and address the Moderator on any sub- 
ject to be discussed. 

a. No motion shall be debated unless seconded. 2\o member shall 
speak more than twice on the same motion, without special leave of 
the Association. 

4. The Moderator and Clerk shall be chosen by ballot, and con 
tinue in office until their successors are elected. 

5. Every question shall be decided by the living voice, unless oth- 
wise directed. 

6. During the hours of business, all private conversation; walking 
across or out, of 'the house, without permission of the Moderator first 
■obtained, shall be deemed a breach of order. 

7. The names of members shall be called each day previous to 
proceeding to business. 

8 All resolutions shall be reduced to wrigbting, signed by the 
mevci. and handed to the Moderator or Clerk, before debated. 

9. When a question is under debate, no motion shall be received 
Ion to adjourn, to postpone indefinitely, to commit, to lay on the ta- 
ble, or to amend, which several mot.ipns shall have precedence in 



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the order in which they are arranged. But no motion or proposi- 
tion on, a subject different from that under consideration, shall be 
admitted under color of amendment. 

10. When a motion has been once made and carried in the affirm- 
ative, or negative, it shall be in older for any member who voted in 
the majority, to move for a reconsidaration thereof on the same day. 

11. When the reading of a paper is called for, and is objected to 
by any member, it shall be determined by a vote of the Association. 

12. No member shall absent himself iu the time of business, un- 
less he is sick, and unable to attend. 

13. All questions except such as relate to the Constitution shall 
be decided by a majority vote. 

14. Should the Moderator fail to enforce the forgoing regulations 
he shall be regarded as untrue to his trust, and shall be liable to be 
reminded of his duty by any member present. 

CIRCULAR LETTER. 



The Green River Baptist Association, to the Churches in union, 
greeting : 

Dear Brethren: We address you this year on the subject of 
Charity. Charity means supreme love to God, and universal good 
will to men. It is one of thf three abiding Christian graces, con- 
sisting in the love of God, and our neighbor, or the habit of loving 
God with all our heart, and our neighbor as ourself. Charity, cou- 
sidereti'as a Christian grace, in our translation, in order to avoid mis- 
take, ought to have been translated love, in every place where the 
word Charity occurs. It is copiously and grandly discribed by the 
apostle Paul, in 1 Cor. 13th chapt. A passage of scripture, which, 
as it shows the habitual tcmoer of a Christian, cannot be too fre- 
quently refered to for sdf-examinatiou. And ought to be constantly 
present to us as our rule of life. Paul in I Tim. 1 : 5 says : 

"Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, 
and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned." The moral law 
of God, which is often called the commandment, Rom. 7 : 7- — 12 ; 
the end and design, sum and substance of which law, are love to God 
and love to our neighbor. See Matt. 22 : 37 — 40. Horn. 13 : 8 
— 10; which charity or love, when right, springs out of a pure heart, 
wliieh no man has naturally. Every man's heart is naturally im- 
pure, nor can he make it pure by the strength of nature, or by any 
thing that he can do : yet there are some that have clean hearts crem- 
ated iu them by the Spirit of God, and are regenerated and sancti- 
fied by him, whose hearts are purified by faith, are sinceie and up- 
right ; so that Charity, or love from such a heart, is love without 
dissimulation, which is not in tongue and word only, but indeed and 
in truth, it is an unfeigned love. Conscience is naturally evil and de- 
filed, and does not perform its office aright. A good conscience is a 
conscience purified by the grace of 6od, and purged from dead 
works by the blood o^ Christ, under the influence of which a man 



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acts uprightly in the discharge of his dnty ; and excises a conscience 
void of offence toward God and man, and Charity, or love, pro- 
ceeding from such a conscience, is of the riuht kind. That Charity, 
"which is the end of the commandment, comes out of a pure heart, 
out of which proceeds a good conscience, and faith unfeigned. Peter 
says, "Above all things have fervent Charity among yourselves, 
for Charity shall cover the multitude of sins." 1 Pet. 4: 8. Charity, 
or love, is to be exercised towards all men, even enemies, but more 
especially towards the saints, as their brethren in Christ, and as be- 
longing to him, as the children of God, as redeemed by Christ, and 
fan-: titled by the Spirit. And this love ought to be mutual and reciprocal,, 
wauu and fervent, and not lukewarm and indifferent, as it too often 
is; and should be constant and perpetual ami this the apostle exhorts 
to above all things else. For Charity, or love, shall cover the mul- 
titude of sins. Not a man's own sins, but the sins of others, not 
from the sight of God, for the blood and righteousness of Christ only 
covers sins in his sight; but from the sight of men. Since Chanty 
.or true love, thinks no evil, but puts the best construction upon the 
words and actions of fellow Chnstians; and does not take (hem up 
and exaggerate them, but throws the mantle of Charity, or love, over 
their failing:, and lets the m lie buried in forgetful ness : it takes 
no notice of injuries and affronts but overlooks them, bears with 
them and forgives them. We now call your attention to a short 
review of Charity, as it is exhibited in the 13 chapter of 1 Cor. 
The apostle comences with the gift of tongus, which without Charity, 
or love, makes a man noisy but not Scriptual. He next mentions 
the gifts of knowledge of the mysteries of the gospel, and of prophe- 
cying, and the gift of working miracles, and yet if a man have 
these gifts, and have not Charity, or the. love of God in his heart, 
lie is nothing, savingly. TJalaam foretold many things concerning 
Christ, and the Israelites, and yet had no trure love for either; was- 
a wicked and mad prophet, that loved the ways of unrighteousness. 
And a man may have a speculative knowledge of the mysteries of 
the Gospel, and preach it, as Judas and others did Luke 9: 1, 2; 
Matt 7:22; Phil. 1' 15; and if he have not Charity, or love to 
God he is nothing, or in a lost, condition. 

A man may give alms in the m< st extensive manner, and 
huifer martyrdom in the most dreadful shape, and yet if Charity, 
i, e, love, be wanting from whence as a principle, all actions and 
sufferings should flow, they will be of no avail, 

And there the apostle describes the excellency of Charity, in 
sixteen particulars, in which it appears to be exceeding useful, and 
what adorns and recommends the person possessed of it. And 
enlarges upon its duration showing that the </ifts of knowledge and 

• ''.Ml 

sjeakiog with tongues shall fail, or cease, but Charity never faneth. 
The failure of these iiil'ts he proves from the imperfection of them, 
which therefore, must he rrmoved in a perfect state of things. Be 
illustrates this by comparing the present imperfect state of Christ- 
ians in this world, to children, and their future slate in another 
woiidji to manhood. The imperfect knowledge of the present state, 



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lie compares to looking at objects through a glass darkly; and the 
perfect knowledge of the future state, to seeing face to face, without 
any artificial help. 

"But let a man be able to do ever such great things yet, if he have 
not Charity, love to God, to Christ, and to his people, he is nothing 
at all; as the apostle says of himself, -supposing it was his own case, 
I am as nothing : not nothing as a man. or nothing as a gifted man* 
Still he would be a man, and a man of gifts. Nor does the apos- 
tles say that his gifts were nothing; or the gift of understanding 
mysteries nothing; or the gift of knowledge nothing, or the gift of 
doing miracles nothing, for these are all something, and very great 
things, -too, and yet a man, in whom the grace of love is wanting, is 
nothing himself with all these : he is nothing in the account of God, 
of no esteem with Him; he is nothing as a believer in Christ, nor 
nothing as a Christian." 

The apostle concludes his commendation of Charity, by showing 
'that Charity, or love, is the greatest of the christian graces. "And 
now abideth Faith, Hope, Charity; these three, but the greatest of 
these is Charity.'' Charity, or love, never faileth. It may fail as 
to the exercise of it, as other graces do ; it may be left, but not lost ; 
it may wax cold, through the prevalence of sin; but it never fails as 
to its principle, it is an immortal and incorrupted seed. It lives 
through the most violent temptations, as in Peter, and under the 
greatest desertions and sorest afflictions ! Still there is an affection 
lor God. Christ is the object of love to such a soul ; and the saints 
are the excellent of the earth, in whom is all His delight. Charity 
is greater than Faith and Hope, because it includes these, as in verse 
7, "it believeth all things, hopeth all things." 

Again, without it Fa'th and Hope are nothing. xVnd one man's 
faith will be of no service to another, and the same is true of hope; 
but by love saints serve one another. But chiefly it is said to be the 
greatest, because most durable. In heaven faith will be swallowed 
up in sight ; and hope in possession, but Charity, or love, will abide, 
and be iu its full perfection, and constant exercise, to all eternity. 



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ORDAINED MINISTERS. 



B. E. Rollins. 
W. J. Willkie. 
H. Culbreth. 
A. 0. Lynch. 
E. L. Taylor. 
W. H. Logan. 
J. R. Denton. 
W. D. Lanclmster. 
J. L. Harris. 

A. Roach. 



L. M' Curry. 
J. Willkie. 
W. Harril. 
A. M'Muhai*, 
J. 0. Gray sen. 
C. B. Justice. 
A. Padgett. 
J. F. Pendergrass. 



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J. M. Mode. 



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ROCK SPRING ftHURCH,, 

POLK COUNTY, N. C. 

October 1st, 2md, and $th, 1869. 



RUTHERFQRDTON, K. a 
"STAR OFFICE* PRINT. 

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■MR'CICEEDINGSV., 



FIEST DAY. 



Friday, October ?lst 1869. ... 

The Green RiverBlptist Association, 
son vened this day, at Rack Springs Mi I 
a, Polk county *N. Git; 

The introductory seimoh was preach-r < 
ed b\ Elder J. C. ; Grayson, from Acts. 
xx : 28. ' 

After a short intermission, the dele 
gates assembled in the house. Prayer 
by. the Moderater. 

A letter of dismission from the* 
Broad River Asso iation, was presents 
9& by the Rutherfor^ton church, to* - 
gether with a letter from said church 
asking for membership in this Associas 
tion ; upon the reading of the letters* 
the church was received into the Asso-" 
tion. 

A letter was presented from the Mt. i 
Nebo (colored.) church, asking for < 
membership in this Association, which 
was laid on the table until the Associa^, 
fei was organized. ... 

Letters from all the churches were 
read, and the names of delegates enroll- 
ed as follows : 

Head First Broad.-r-B. E. Rollins. 

Mount Vernon.— L* R. Rollins, £(& 
B, Wilson, N.J. Rollins. 

Cane Creek.— ~E.< Walker, & 'Mi 
Wilson. 

Mount Zion. — J. G. Diviney. 

Mount Lebanon.**— M. B. Freeman? 
Ij..L. Deck, A. E. Wilson. 

Shiloh.—G. Spake, F. G. Hamrick,r:> 
J. Wilkie. 

Cool Spring. — J. Goode, G. T. Bosh>, 
tic. 

Green's Creek. — D. Feagans, J. B, - 
Swain, J. W. Feagans. 

White Oak.— W.\ .SplawBi J, UjL 
Hamilton, J. C. Waldrap. : : 



Rock Spring. — J. Whiteside, A? 01- 
Lynch. 

Mount Plsmnnt. — S. *E. Bostici. 

Pleasant Hill.—U. C Davis. 

Harmony Qrove.-^J. C. G r ay son , <& 
M. Walton. 

Bethel: — J. M. Ray burn, J. b. Gray- 
son, E. L. Morris. 

Mountain Creek.-*- J . T. Lewis, D.W, 
Geer, J. W. Lewis, Win. Sprang !er. 

Bills Creek^-W. FT. Logan, W. 
Minn, C. S. Williams, P. Wiikerson. 

Montford's Com. — G W. Harris, J,. 
Hall. 

Silver Creek.*— 3&$. Jackson, G. B* 
Ar ledge. 

Dysartsville.—L. McCurry. 

Sandy Spring*.— II. M. Oash, T. C; 
Smith, T. P. Robbins. 

Camp Creeks— G. W. Guffy, C. 
Clements. 

Zion Hill.— J k H. Reel. 

Cooper's Gap. — M. xR. Laughter, L. 
Gowart, J. M« Frady, J. Jackson, P. 
Martin. 

Mount Carrnel. — J. S. Poteet, R. &. 
Qdom. 

Bethlehem — R. H. Moore, G. B. 
Morgan. 

Rmnd Hill. — R. O. Ledbetter, M. 
Harris. 

Ruiherfordton. — T. B. Justice, Wv 
Haynes, J. W. Davis, C. B. Justice. 

Elected J. C. Grayson, Moderator, 
and G, B. Justice, clerk. 

Received the following correspond* 
ents : 

From Broad River. — None. 

From Salem.—rElder N. Bowen, G. 
S. Jones. 

From King's Mountain.- — Elders <3v 
W. Rollins, G. M, Webb, J, H, Yar* 
borough, . 



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From Roan Mountain.— * A- fctt$?, by 
< their messenger, M. Padgett, proposing 
to open correspondence with this Asso* 
Nation, but deeming'it inexpedient the 
Association declined opening said cor^ 
respondence. Invited visiting, miniss 
ters, to seats in the-;' Association, wluch 
was accepted by W.-T. 'Walters, cpr* 
responding secretary, of the EJoard of 
State Missions. W. -*M. Wingate, 
agent of Wake Forest College, and M. 
Padgett, of the Roan Mountain Asspeis 
ation. On motion, agreed that Elders 
Wingate and Walters, be heard in be*, 
half of -Wake 'Forest College, and the 
Beneficiaries of the same, at half past 
ten o'clock, A. M., to-morrow. 
.. Appointed-D. W. Geer, J, Jackson, 
D. Feagans, and the Eldership of Rock 
Spring church a committee on religious 
exercise. 

Appointed T. B. Justice, L. McCurs 
ry, R. O. LedbeUer, with the Modera** 



tor and cl ark a *cpm m i ttee to arrange 
business for the Association. 

'On motion, the letter of Mt. Nebo 
chn&Mj (colored) was taken «p, and af- 
ter remarks by several brethren the 
Association adopted the following : 

Whereas we believe it would' %e for 
the peace and prosperity and also the 
usefulness <and efficiency of Mt. Nabo 
church to be associated with some one. 
of the colored Associations now being 
organised, ^e th> 'hereby advise- such 
connection at as early a day a§, 
practicable. 

On>motion, appointed Elders T. B, 
Justice^L.'McCurry, and W. T. Wal* 
ters a com mi ttee to see the 'delegated 
of Mt. Nebo church and ; tender to them 
the love, good wilt and sympathy of 
this bod*\ 

On motion, adjourned to half past 9 
o'clock, to-morrow morning. Prayer 
by Elder G, W. Rollins. 



SECOND 
Saturday Morning, Oct. 2nd. 

The Association met according to 
adjournment. Prayer by the Modera^ 
tor. 

The report of the committee of ar*. 
rangements was read and adopted. 

Read the Rules, of Decorum, 

Appointed E. L. Morris, W. Haynes 
and J. M. Hamilton, a committee to 
^district the Association. 

"On Finance. — J; B. Grayson, tJ. 2> 
Lewis, L, L. Deck, 

On Missions. — T. B. Justice, W. T, 
Walters, B. E. Rollins. 

On Temperance^ — A. G. Lynch, 'J. 
Hall, L. Co wart. 

On Sahbath Syhook.-r-Vf,. H. Logaty 
W, M. Wi n/$ate, G. T. Bostto, 



DAY. 

On Periodicals. — L. MdCurry S. ©. 
Bostic,G.M. 'Walton. 

On Correspondents.— -J. 'W. Davia 
R. K. Wilson, R. M. Cash. 

On mption, agreed that 'Elder, N r 
Bowen,' have an opportunity to present 
the claims of Ju,dson Female College,- 
immediateiy after the expiration of the, 
time allotted to Riders Wingate and 
Walters. 

The Circular Letter wa« read, afld <:,. 
pending; \U adoption, t^e houj alJofct,ed 
to Elders Wingate and Walters, ^vjjig* 
arrived, the further discussion ofit yws> 
postponed. 

ODr. Wingate presented the cJairaxi' 
of Wake Forest College in .a forceajbbi 
and impressivfcaddresg, anjd vr.aa,fel|^ 



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ed by Elder W. T. Walters, who made 
a&trong appeal in behalf of the Benes 
ficiaries of the College, and took a col- 
lection for the benefit of the same 
amounting to $65.10 

Adjourned until 1 o'clock, 

Afterno6n Session.- 

Elder N. Bowen, presented the claims 
of Judson Female College to the As- 
sociation and took a collection- to aid 
in its completion amounting to $9.00. 

Adopted the Circular Letter. 

Elected Elder B. E 1 Rollins to write 
the next Circular Letter on any sub*- 
ject that he may choose. 

Elected Elders W. M.' Wingate and 
W. T. Walters, to preach on Lord's 
day. Elder . Wingate to preach the 
first sermon, . Elder Waters to preach 
the Missionary sermon at 11 -o'clock. 

Elder N. Bowen, to preach the De> 
nominational sermon in the afternoon. 

Elected Elder B. E. Rollins, to, 
preach the next introductory sermon 
Elder L. McCurry, alternate. The 
committee appointed to re district the 
Association made the following reportj 
which was adopted. 

1st. District — Green's Creek, Sandy 
Spring, White Oak, Silver Creelc, 
Cooper's Gap, Rock Spring., Bills 
Creek, Pleasant Hill, Shiloh, 9. 

2nd. District — Montford's Cove, 
Bethlehem, Zion Hill, Mt^ Carmel, 
Harmony Grove, Dysartsville, Bethel, 
Rpund-Hill, Mountain Creek,, 9; * 



3rd. District— Mt. Zion, Head First 
Broad, Mt Lebanon, Cane Creek. Camp 
Creek, Mt. Vernon, Rurherfordton 
Cool Spring, Mr, Pleasant. 9, 

W, Hayni s, Chm'n,i 

The committee of Finance reported 
$34,40 sent up by the churches' for 
printing minutes, Ordered that th6 
clerk superintend the printing of as 
many copies of these minutes as the 
money on 'hand will pay for, after re* 
serving $6,00 for' his services, 

The next, session of this ' body* will 
commence at Bethel Meeting House, 8 
miles South of Marion, M'Dowell coun. 
ty, N, C„ on Saturday before first 
Lord's- day in Get r lSW, 

Appointed the. following correspondi- 
ng messengers, 

To Satem.—E\ tiers T. B. Justice, W. 
H. L< gan, W. I lay lies. 

To Kings Mountain. — Elders B. E. 
Rollins, T. B. Justice, L. McCury, J. 
C. Grayson, C. B. Justice, and brothers 
L. R. Rollins, J. W, Davis, H. B. Wil- 
son, M. Harris, ft O. Ledbetter, and 
J. Whiteside. 

To Broad River.— -Elders T. R„ Jus- 
tice, J. C. Grayson, B. E. Rollins, C. 
B. Justice and brother J. W. Davis. 

1q Catawba. — Elder J. C. Grayson. 

The moderatorhaving obtained leave 
of absence, to attend the Catawba As- 
sociation, Elder A. O. Lynch, was ap-* 
pointed moderator, pro. tern. 

Adjourned to 9. o'clock, Monday 
morning. . Prayer by Elder N. Bowen . 



SUNDAY. 



SAfcBATBv-iOet. 3rd. 
The stand was occupied at 10 o'clock, 
by Elder W.vM, Wingate, Text 1 Cor. 
xy*: 58, followed by. Elder W. T.Wal- 
ters, from Exodus xjv ; 15, {Missiona* 
rjE..Sctnsop»). ;i The.coUeQtioifcarnjounted 



to $12.80. 
At 1 o'clock, Elder N. Bowen, preach-, 
ed the Denominational sermon from 
Acts; ii : 41, 42. It is fondly hoped, 
from the solemnity exhibited, that gopd 
will res,ult from the^exerciseoftha day,. 



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"THIRD 

Monday Mori? wg, Oct. <4t h. 

The Association met according to 
adjournment. Prayer by the Clerk. 

Read and approved the mingles of 
Saturday. Called the roll : A quorum 
being present, proceeded to appoint the 
time and place for the next Union 
meeting, which will meet with Ruthers 
'ford ton church, commencing Friday, 
before the first Lord's Viay in August, 
1870. Elders J. HI Grayson. L. Mcs 
Curry and B. E Rollins to actvnd it. 
The committee on Temperance read a 
poetical report, which was adopted. 
See report A. 

Read, and adopted the report on Pe- 
riodicals. See report, B. 
' On motion, agreed that hereafter the 
Association will meet on Saturday', in* 
stead of Friday. 



BAY . 

. - Resolved. TFh&t the thanks of "ibis 
body be tendered to the brethren and 
citizens of this neighborhood f<>r the 
hopitaliiv extended to us during the 
session of this body, 

R O. Ledbettkr. 

Read md adopted, the report on si rals>. 
sions. See report C. 

The appointment of a missionary 
agent to laboi in the bounds of this As- 
sociation, is refered to the Board of the 
western Baptist Convention. 

The report on ^Sunday ^Schools' was 
read and adopted. r See report D. 

-Rejolved That we advise the churches 
in this Association to adopt, the system 
of monthly, missionary collections. 

On iiiotion, adjourned to time and 
plae.n before mentioned. 

Prayer bv Elder G S. Jones. 

"J. C. GRAYSON,- Mod. 
' r C»'-B. Jus-iacE, Clerk. 



REPORTS 



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OF COMMITTEES. 



A.~Temperan&' Committee— -The re- 
port of the committee on Temperance 
being written in poetical style, I find it 
impossible, to re^write it grimatically, 
and retain the sense -of it. I therefore 
omit its publication. Glerk. 

B. — -Periodicals. — Your committee to 
whom was referred the subject of peri^ 
odicals,; present the following as their 
report. Reading is one of the cheaps 
est and speediest means of improving 
the mind, and a good religious newss 
paper, is by far the cheapest reading 
matter known in v>ur country. It also 
furnishes a kind of information ro 
where else to be found, and the very- 
kind most needed, in the varied and 
important affairs of busy life. The 
money paid for a good-paper, is return- 
ed into the pocket a hundred fold, by 
the increase of knowledge, and con* 
stant stimulation to action in business. 
This is proven by the fact that the 
reading people of any community are 
the most prosperous. 

We recommend the " Cottage Visi^ 
tor" published at Hendersonville, at 
the low price of $1 .50, as worthy of 
the support of every baptist. 

We also, recommend the " Biblical 
.Recorder" .published at Raleigh as ^n 
able advocate of truth. 

C. — -Report on Missions. — ^Your com- 
mittee are pleased to state that our 
brethren in China are much encouraged 
in their arduous labors. God has 
blessed the word preached. Many are 
to-day rejoicing in the blessed hope of 
the Gospel. It is cheering intelligence 
that our Board of Foreign Missions are 
cow relieved from their financial em> 
barrassments, and the prospects ar« 
&r more flattering. 



But the work is nowjttst comment 
ed a There are only four brethren it- 
presenting the 500,000 Baptist in the 
Southeren States, among the 400,000$- 
000, of heathens in the Empire *> 
China. 

'Brother Yates from our State is a 
veteran Missionary, having been toik 
ing for twenty years, planting the seeds 
of the 1 Kingdom of Christ. Brethren^ 
our foreign fields is opening wide- 
walls of opposition are falling, and we 
American Christians are called on to 
go up and possess the land. 

While this field is truly inviting we 
must not overlook the fact that much 
destitution lies at our own doors, Bro. 
W.J. Wilkie has labored faithfully 
among destitute churches and out sta*. 
tions iuring the last year, and must 
be encouraged to follow up the work 
already done. The Board of the Wes*. 
ern Baptist Convention has employed 
him to preach as Missionary during 
the present Conventional year, 

'We would recommend that your 
body select some brother to act as 
Missionary agent in y^ur bounds, and 
secure funds to aid in the support of 
the brethren who shall be employed by 
the board to preach within our convene 
tional bounds. 

Respectfully submitted. 
W. T. WALTERS Chm'n. 

D. — Sabbath Schools — This depart^ 
ment of Christian labor is now enlist 
ting the attention of many who have 
hitherto manifested little or no interest 
in this great cause, we are glad to state 
that the churches are wakening up or 
this subject. 



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The 'following churches report the 

number of Teachers and Scholars : 

Bethlehem, 60 

Moncsford's Cove, 53 

Mount Vernon, 54 

White Oak, 30 

Rutherfordton, 50 

Total 247 



Brethren, thefe ought to be a Sunday 
School in every church in our bound?. 
Shall our next annual meeting, have the 
pleasure to hear from all'the churches, 
in our bounds'? We trust this will be 
the case. Respectfully submitted. 
W. M, WfNGATE, Chm'n 



ORDAINED MINISTERS. 



B. E. Rollins, 
W, J, Wilkie, 

H, CULBRETH, 

A, O, Lynch, 
E, L, Taylor, 
W, H, Logan, 



L, McCurry, 
W, Harrill, 
A, McMahan, 
J, C. Grayson, 
T. B, Justice, 
A. Padgett,.. 



•3; R, Denton, W, Haynes, 

W; D, "Lancaster, J, F, Pendergrass 

j\ \^j LEIE> c, B, Justice, 

Licensed, 
L; R,* Rollins, J, M, Mode, A % Roach, 



Circular Letter. 



TJie Green River Baptist Association, to the Churches in Union s 



X)ea : r Brethren : 

As your request we address you at 
this time on the relative duties of Pas- 
tors and Churches. 

Let us briefly consider, 

1st. What ts a Church. 

2nd. What is a Pastor. 

3rd. What are: some of the Qxik 
ties op a Pastor. 

4th. Some Op the Duties op the 
Church To the Pastor. 

I. The church in its most com- 
prehensive sense embraces all the true 
followers of the Lord Jesus Christ 
without reference to any earthly organ- 
ization. Its head is Christ, and its or- 
ganization spiritual, Math, xvi: 18, Col. 
1: 18. But in the sense in which we 
shall consider It at the present, it means 
a congregation of Christians who have 
been baptised upon a profession of faith 
in Christ, and who meet in some pars 
ticular place [for the worship of God ; 
and who maintain the doctrines and 
ordinances of Christ as taught in the 
Holy Scriptures. Such were tKe 
churches 6f Jerusalem, Smyrna, Ej)he. 
sus; &c. Acts tin: 1 ; Col. iv: Iff ; 
Rev. 1: 4. 

II. The pastor is One who has 
been called of God, arid " set apart by 
the imposition of hands, to thejgospel mi- 
nistry ; and who has* been called by the 
toluhtary act -of the church to take 
$te»oversigbt thereof, and is its spiritual 



overseer. "Take heed therefore unto 
yourselves, and to all the flock over 
which the Holy Ghost hath made you 
overseers," &c. Acts xx: 28. He is 
its* teacher — but not infalible. From 
his teaching appeal can always be 
made to the word of God, John v: 89. 
He is its guide — but not unerring. He 
is to be followed only as he follows 
the great head of the church, II Thes. 
m: 9 ; I Cor. xi: 1 ; Phil, in: 17. The 
union between a pastor an4 church 
should be based upon mutual respect, 
confidence, and love. A relation ats 
tended with more momentuous results 
is, perhaps, not to be found Upon earth. 
The duties growing out of this relation 
are important, and affect the happiness 
and welfare of both pastor and church 
as well as that of the world. Faith-* 
fulness to Christ leads to the full dis- 
charge of all those duties. OurknowK 
edge of these duties is to be derived 
from the word of Godj where it is 
taught so plain that " he that runneth 
may read." 

HI. The duties >6f-Hhe Pastor to 
the Church are, first," To preach the 
gospel. ! The authority for this is found 
in the commission of Christ to h's dis>. 
ciples, "Go ye into all the world and 
preach the Gospel to every creature,' 
Mark xvii:'15. He cannot neglect the 
preaching of the Gospel without disos 
beying Christ.. His preaching should 



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embrace the* entire truth and wordUfcf 
God, and should afford food to the huu- 
gry, light to the erring, comfort to the 
mourner, warning to the wayward, ahd 
be adapted to the wants of all, using 
"great plainness of speech he should 
bring his preaching to bear direetly 
upon the hearts aud conscience of his 
hearers. To do this, he must, first ac* 
quaint himself with the wants of his 
flock; this is to be done by visiting 
the different families of his charge as 
often as possible, and conversing with 
them at their homes, and thus learning 
their dispositions and characters ; and 
especially should he visit the sick and 
those in trouble. 'Pure religion and 
undefiled, before God and the Father 
is this : To visit the fatherless and 
widows in their affliction, and to keep 
himself unspotted from the world." 
This religion the pastor is expected to 
possess and practice. To preach sue* 
cessfully he must study the Scriptures. 
The Apostle admonishes Timothy to 
"Study to show thyself approved unto 
God, a workman that needeth not to 
be ashamed, rightly d ividing the word 
of truth." In all his studies the Bible 
should be his text book, only using the 
Works of different authors so far as 
they will enable him to arrive at right 
conclusions in regard to the meaning of 
the Scriptures. He should never 
preach any doctrine, no difference by 
whom advanced, without first satisfy* 
ing himself that it is taught in God's 
word. It is preferable that his ideas 
should be clothed in his own language, 
and not be advanced in the language of 
another. 

Second. — The Pastor must be faith* 
ful in the discharge of his Ministerial 
Duties, . Faithful in his attendance at 



the hotiseof God, allowing nothing that 
he can control to prevent his being 
punctual in his attendance at the meet* 
ingsoflhe church, and opening th& 
service of the same at the hour ap«» 
pointed. He must be faithful in all 
his preaching, not only preaching those 
doctrines that may be most congenial 
to human nature, but also those that 
may be more humiliating to the pride 
and vanity of his hearers, and with the 
thoughts of the judgment weighing 
heavily upon his mind, he should shun 
not to declare the whole council of God; 
teaching the .church to live soberly, 
righteously and -godly in this present 
world, he should train >hem to be faith* 
ful soldiers of Christ, and to do the bid' 
ding of the Lord faithfully. 

Third — His* conduct should corres* 
pond with his preaching. Paul in giv* 
ing the qualifications of a Bishop or 
Pastor says, '-Moreover he must have 
a good report of them which are with'* 
out; lest he fall into reproach, and the 
snare of the devil," I Tim. m: 7. He 
may preach with all the zeal and earn* 
estness that he can command his walk 
being inconsistent with his preaching, 
his words will be as a sounding brass, 
or a tinkling symbol, and fall like wa* 
ter that is spilt upon the ground. He 
is commanded, not only to "speak the 
things which become sound doctrine," 
Titus 11: 1, but also to to show himself 
"a pattern of good works, in doctrine 
showing uncorruptness, gravity, sincer- 
ity, sound speech that cannot be con* 
demned, that he that is of the contrary 
part may be ashamed, .having no evil 
thing to say of you." Titus n: 7, 8 r 
Many pastors fail, not because thev 
lack learning, or ability, but because 
they lack, the moral courage to prac* 



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tice wTmr tbev preach. It is sometimes 
the case that after 'preaching an earnest 
" and impressive Sermon., he looses ail 
the ground thus gained, by engagfrcir in 
Jight and frivotbus conversation, and 
jesting* which are not convenient, or bv 
an inconsistent walk and conversation,, 

Fourth. — He Should pray for his 
Church. Not only in public — hut also 
in secret. Nut only in a form of words 
but with an earnest ami heartfelt anxiety 
that will wrestle until it obtains ihe 
blessing. 

Fifth. — He should watch over the 
Church in love, Feeling that he has 
been placed on the watch tower of Ziou, 
l)y the areat captain of his sm i vat hmj, 
he should he ca refu! bo warn it of any 
approaching danger; having at a!! \\tftm 
the firmness to -take an nnw w* nny 
stand in favor of truth and righteous- 
liess, never allowing himself to n,< led 
to extremes on an\ question, hut ta- 
king the Bible as his guide, contend 
earnestly for the faith once delivered 
to the saints, always acting as a peace * 
maker between those f afc variance. 

Sixth. — He should be patient in all « 
things. We are commanded to run 
with patience the race set before us. 1 -*— 
The pastor should not aiiow himself to 
^become excited or agitated by any mi* 
kind treatment, or unpleasant remarks 
from others. In the administration of 
the discipline of the Church, he should 
advise calmness, prudence, charity and ' 
firmness. In the reception of members 
be should be very Cautious, for with 
all the prudence and care he can exer^ 
cise, hypocrites, and deceived persona 
are likely to get into the chureh. He 
should never advise the reception of a 
member without being satisfied from 
4heir experience- that^tbey have -fcxperU 



enced a change of heart. Repentance 
and faith must proceed baptism : H# 
should therefore baptise none but such 
as {jive evidence of having repented of 
their sins, and believed in Christ. 

Having'; thu- briefly, noticed some 
of th<' duties of the Pastor to the church 
let us next consider, 

IV. The' Duties of the CHuitCH 
to the Pastor. 

First. — When a Church calls a Pass 
'tor it should give him a hearty reception 
A cold and formal reception upon the 
part of the church to the pastor chills 
the ardor of his zeal, and does a greaS 
deal toward making his preaching mo* 
notinous. arid his labors lifeless and 
uninteresting. It is said of the bretb> 
ren at Jeiusalem, that they received 
Paul and those that w*>re, with hint 
gladly. Act xxi: 17. and thus ought 
the church to receive their incoming 
pastor, and make h : m feel th.it he is 
in he midst of brethren who love him, 
and who are ready to assist hira in ev- 
' ery good work. 

Second.- 1 - The Church should pray 
for the Pa tor. The trials and difficult 
ties of a pastor are many, and are 
known to none but himself. Paul in 
speaking ot his trials, describes them 
thus, bin weariness and painfulness, in 
watching often, in hunger and thirst, in 
fastings often, in cold and nakedness* 
Besides those things that are without, 
that which cometh upon me daily, the 
care of all the churches. Who is weak> 
and I am not weak] Who is offend-, 
ed, and I burn not?" 2 Cor, xi: 27, 28, 
29. Although some of these trials 
may not befall the pastor of the pres* 
entday, yet many of them do, espe- 
cially the care of the churches, Anx- 
ious days and sleepless fights attest 



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the zeal of the faithful pastor for the 
welfare of the church. The tempta*. 
tions of the devil, and, the persecutions 
of the world must all be endured by 
the pastor, nothing but, the grace of 
God can sustain him under these trials, 
and often, under a sense of his, weak- 
ness, would he adopt the language of 
the Apostle and ,say "brethren pray for 
us." Would the church have an em> 
cient pastor? '-Ask and ye shall re-* 
ceive, seek and. ye shall find." 

Third. — The Church should love the 
Pastor, "Love is. the fulfilling of the 
law," and the church that loves its 
Pastor will always be ready to do for 
him all that God requires. 

"And we beseech you, brethren, to 
know them which labor among -you, 
and are over you in the Lord, and ad* 
nionish you ; and to esteem them very 
highly in love tor their work's sake," 
1 Thes. v: 12, 13. "Let the elders 
that rule well be counted worthy of 
double honors especially they who la> 
bor in the word and doctrine," 1 Tim. 
v: 17 He should be loved for Christ 
sake, loved because he is the embassa*. 
dor of Christ, and because he is beiov - 
cd by Christ. 

Fourth. — The Chunch should defend, 
the character of the Pastor. From the 
day that the Jews "laid many and 
grievous complaints against. Pa u 1 , 
which they could not sustain-," until 
the present, the faithful Pastor has had 
to endure more or less persecution and 
evil speaking. From the public nature 
of his calling he is looked upon as being 
the leader in all the religious enterprises 
of the day, and consequently he is ass 
sailed by all the enemies of the cause 
of Christ. Against all these should the 
church defend bin** Paul says/. 



"Against an elder receive not an acouv 
sation but before two or three w vines* 
ses, 1 Tim. v t : 19. How often do 
churches act otherwise forgetting* that 
when the character of the Pastor Su& 
fers ; the cause of Christ suffers. 

Fifth. — It is the duly of the Church 
to> support its Pastor. The Lord of the 
harvest has made it the duty of the 
church, to render unto its Pastor a rea- 
sonable compensation for his services. 
H« tells the disciples, that, "the labor** 
er is wor f hy of his hire," Luke x : 7 
Paul, in writing to the Corinthians uses 
the following impressive languages 
"Whogoeth a warfare at any time at 
his own charges'? who planteth a vine* 
yard and eatetlvnot of the fruit there^ 
of? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth 
not of the milk* of the flock ? say I these 
things as a man ? or sayith not the law 
the same also ? for. it is written in the 
law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle 
the mouth of the ox that treadeth out 
the corn. Doth God take care for oxen ? 
or sayith he it altogether for our sakes? 
for our sakes, no doubt, this is written: 
that -he that plougheth should plow in 
hope ;• and he that thresheth in hope 
should be partaker of his hope. If we 
have sown unto you spiritual things, is 
it a great thing if we shall reap your 
carnal things. Do ye not know* that 
they which minister about.holy things, 
live of the things of the- temple ? and 
they which wait at the altar are par ta* 
kers with the altar ?:,Even so hath the 
Lord ordained, that they which preach 
the gospel should live of the ,gospel,V 
1 Cor. ix : 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14* 
"Let him that is taught in the word 
communicate unto him that teacheth 
in all good things," Gal. vi : 6 The 
church expects, the PftstQEto b&&ith$*l : ; x 



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in reviving it, and to enable him to do 
«o, it should see that he is not compeK 
led to leave the word of God, and serve 
tables. The Lord has commanded the 
Pastor, to give himself wholly, • to the 
preaching of the word ; and the church 
to support him. The church expects 
the Pastor to serve them punctually, 
and if tie does not do itj will soine** 
times murmur, but think • it very- 
strange if he asks for what the LbM 
allows him. 

There are two important duties, that 
are incumbent upon 'the. pastor, to 
preach the gospel, and support hisfam- 
ily. "For 'though I preach the gospel, 
I have nothing to glory of: for necessi- 
ty is laid upon me ; yea, woe is unto 
me, if I preach not the gospel," 1 Gor. 
ix: 16. "If any man: provide not for 
his own, and specially for those of his 
own house, he hath denied the faith, and 
is worse than an infidel," 1 Tim. v: 8. 
If the church fails to support the pas* 
tor, they place him in a condition where 
he must either neglect his family, or 
measurably abandon the work of the 
ministry ; and in either ca^e incur the 
displeasure of the Lord. And will 
that displeasure rest alone upon the 
minister'? There are ministers who, 
to day, are tied to the farm, the work 
shop, the school room, or the. counter ; 
their talents buried, and the ministry 
partially, or entirely given up, for 



which the churches are ''responsible. 
"He that knoweth his master's will and 
doeth it not, shall be beaten with many 
stripes." In calling a pastor the church 
should decide what amount they are 
willing to allow him for his services, 
this being done he' will know, in accept- 
ing the call of the churchy what pecu- 
niary aid it willalford. Having agreed 
upon the salary, the deactfns of the 
church should see 1 that it is paid Quar- 
terly, so that the pastor may use it in 
the support^of his family. Circum- 
stance may have forced him to con>* 
' tract debts, and make promises -upon 
'' the strength of 'his salary ; if it is not 
paid punctually he cannot meet his en*, 
gagements, and thereby 4ie will bring, 
reproach upon the cause of Christ, 
■Sometimes a church calls a pastor, get-- 
up a subscription for his benefit, but 
allow the year to expire without its be** 
ing paid, and then call another pastors 
and the salary of the former pastor is 
frequently never paid. These thing? 
•>»iight not to be, "There is that scatters 
• eth, and yet increaseth ; and there is 
that withholdeth more than is meet, 
but it tendeth to poverty. The libera* 
soul shall be made fat; and he* that 
"Watereth shall be watered -'also him- 
self," Prov. xi : 24, 25. May. not the 
poverty of country be attributed, at 
least in part, to the stinginess of pre 
- fessing christians. 



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OF THE 



thisst second sissxcn 



OF THE 



freen liaer paptist]" JV^sadtttinn, 

HELD'* WITH 

BETHEL CHURCH, * 

Mcdowell county, north Carolina, 

October 1st to 3rd, 1870. 



RlTTHERFORDTON, JST. C. ; 'f STAR" PRINT, 

1870. 



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PROCEEDINGS. 



Bethel Ciiuitcn, ) 

, McDowell Co., K C. V 

Saturday, October 1st, 1870. J 

The Green River Baptist Asso- 
ciation met this day at 11 o'clock, 
A.M.,in its 82d session, and listen 
ed to the Introductory Sermon, 
preached by Elder B. E. Rollins, 
from Rev. 1st ch. 12, 18, v. 

The Association then adjourn- 
ed until 1 o'clock, P. M, Prayer 
by Elder Moody. 

At 1 o'clock the Association 
was called to order. Prayer by 
the Moderator. 

List of Churches called, the let- 
ters read, and delegates enrolled 
as follows : 

Head First Broad— B. E. Rollins, 
W. W. Blankenship. 

ML Vernon — II. B. "Wilson, INT. 
J.. Rollins. 

Cane Greek — E. Walker. 

ML Zion—J. T. Price, D. D. 
Lattimore. 

ML Lebanon — 0. M, Rollins. 
. Shiloah—T. C.Page,F. C. Ham- 
rick. 

Cool Springs — J. Goode, IL I). 
Harrill. 

Green's Creek — J. D. Swain. 

Bock Spring— E. L. Taylor, R. 
"Whiteside, T. R. Egerton. 

Harmony Grove — J. C. Grayson, 
B. P. Simmons, A, L. Grayson. 

Bethel — J. B. Grayson, \ J. H. 
Morris, M. L. Morris, Geo. Kayler. 

Mountain Creek — W. Spangler. 

Bill's tteek—B. L. Logan, P. 
Wilkerson. 

Montford's Cove — J. W. Morgan, 
M. H. Flack. 

Silver Creek — C. Arledgs, J. 
Jackson. I. S. Higgins. 



DysarisviUe — L. Mc Curry, J. R. 
Denton, W. M. Blahton, P. P. 
Price, J. L. McCurry. 
, Sandy Springs — J. M. Kodine. 

Camp Creek— J. R, Walker, G. 
Johnson. 

Zion mi— J. F. Pendergrass, J. 
H. Reel, M. G. Pendergrass. 

Cooper's Gap — M. R. Laughter, 
Isaac M. Frady, P. Bradley. 

Mt. Carmel~A. Silver, A. E. 
Berry. 

Bethlehem— 1. A. Reel, G. R. 
Morgan. 

Bound Hill-^-Ii. O. Ledbetter, 
M. Harris. 

Butherfordton — C. B. Justice. 

ML Bleasant — A. McMahan. 

Called for newly constituted 
Churches : and received letters 
from Cherry Spring's Church, by 
the hands of her delegate J. Keeter, 
and from Floyd's Creek Church, 
by her delegates McB. MeDaniel 
and C. Webster. , 

On motion the above Churches- 
were received into this body, and 
the right hand of fellowship ex- 
tended to the delegates. 

A ballot for officers resulted in 
the re-election of J. C. Grayson, 
Moderator, and C. B. Justice, 
Clerk. 

Called for corresponding Mes- 
sengers, and received : 

From Broad Biver — None. 

From Salem — A. W. Morgan. 

From. King's Mountain — A letter 
by Elders J. H. Yarborough and 
G. W. Rollins, Messengers. 

From Catawba — A package of 
Minutes; by their ^Messengers, 
Elder R. IL Moodv, and brothers 



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W. P. Hemphill, andT. J. Hamil- 
ton. 

Visiting brethren were invited 
to seats. The invitation was ac- 
cepted by Elder J. Ammons, 
Agent of the Sunday School 
Board of the Southern Baptist 
Convention. 

Elected Elders J. Ammons, G. 
W. Rollins and R. H. Moody, to 
preach on Lord's Day, in the or- 
der of their names, the second 
sermon to be a Missionary Ser- 
mon. 

Appointed D. D. Lattimore, J. 
W. Morgan and A. McMahan, 
with the Moderator and Clerk, a 
committee of arrangements. 

Adjourned until 9£ o'clock, A. 
M., Monday. 

Prayer by Elder G. W. Rollins. 

Lord's Bay, 9 o'clock, Oct. 2. 

Sunday School address by Elder 
J. Ammons. 

10 o'clock, Elder Ammons 
preached. Text: Isaiah, 63 ch. 
1 verse. 

At 11 o'clock, Elder G. W. 
Rollins, preached the annual Mis- 
sionary Sermon; Text: Isaiah, 
27 ch. 13 verse. 

Alter sermon a collection of 
$13.85 was taken to be equally 
divided between State and For- 
eign Missions. 

At 2 o'clock, Eider Moody 
preached; Text : Ezekiel, 36 ch. 
25, 27 verses. 

Closing exercises by Elder Mc- 
Curry. 



Monday, 9J o'clock, Oct. 3. 

The Moderator called the body 
to order* 

Prayer by the Clerk. 

The roll of delegates was called, 



and the proceedings of yesterday 
read and approved. 

Read rules of decorum. 

R. Whiteside and B. P. Sim- 
mons, with the Pastor and Dea- 
cons of Bethel Church, were ap- 
pointed a committee on religious 
exercises. 

The Committee of arrangements 
reported and were discharged. 

The Moderator announced the 
following Committees : 

Finance — H. B. Wilson, C. 
Webster, A. L. Grayson* 

Missions — C. B. Justice, D. D. 
Lattimore. 

Temperannce — L. McCurry, R. 
X). Ledbetter. 

Sunday Schools — B. E. Rollins, 
J. Ammons. 

Periodicals — J. W. Morgan, R. 
H. Moody. 

Agreed, That the Clerk issue 
certificates of appointment to our 
Corresponding Messengers, to Ca- 
tawba and Broad River Associa- 
tions ; and that we keep up our 
Correspondence with other sister 
Associations by Minutes and Mes- 
sengers. 

The letter from Green's Creek 
Church, having been laid on the 
table on Saturday, inconsequence 
of some alleged disorder in re- 
taining dram drinkers in said 
Church, was taken up; and after 
a thorough investigation, the 
body thought that there was apart 
of the Church trying to rid them- 
selves of the evil, and that they 
would likely succeed; the Church 
was therefore received into the 
Association. 

A motion was then made to re- 
peal the " Temperance Resolu- 
tion " as adopted by this Associa- 
tion, at its session in 1862. After 
remarks by B. E. Rollins, D. I). 
Lattimore, L. McCurry, L M. 



Frady, W. M. Blanion, C. B. Jus- 
tice and J. C. Grayson, the body, 
by an overwhelming majority 
Refused to Repeal said Reso- 
lution. 

Elder B. E. Rollins read the 
Circular Letter, which was adop- 
ted. 

Elected Elder L. McCurry to 
preach the next Introductory Ser- 
mon, Elder J. C. Grayson alter- 
nate. 

The next session of this body 
will convene with the Rutherford- 
ton Church, on Saturday before 
the 1st Lord's Day in October, 
1871. 

Took a recess at the usual hour. 

1 O'clock, P. M. 

Assembled at singing a hymn. 

The Moderator appointed the 
following Corresponding Messen- 
gers : 

To Broad River — T. B. Justice, 
L. McCurry, A. M. McMahan, D. 
D. Lattimore. 

To Salem— C. B. Justice, I. M. 
Frady, J. Jackson. 

To King's Mountain — W. M. 
Blanton, C. B. Justice, B. E. 
Rollins. 

To Catawba— B. E. Rollins. 

Appointed the next Union meet- 
ing to convene with the Silver 
Creek Church, Polk County, % C. 
on Friday before the 2nd Lord's 
Bay, in August, 1871, T. B. Jus- 
tice, W. Il/Logan, E. L. Taylor, 
and C. B. Justice to attend it. 

Attached Cherry Spring's 
Church to the 2nd District, and 
Floyd's Creek to the 3rd. 

The Finance Committee repor- 
ted $33.90 cents, sent up by the 
Churches for minutes. And that 
the Secretary be allowed $6.00 for 
his services ; and expend the re- 



mainder of the money in printing 
minutes. 

Elder Amnions read the report 
on Sunday Schools, as follows : 

Your Committee in examining 
the letters from the Churches, 
rind but few reporting Schools ; 
but from other information we 
find seven Churches having 
Schools more or less prosperous. 
These Schools have 265 scholars, 
28 teachers, and 6 superintend- 
ents. 

This is but a small part of what 
your Committee thinks ought to 
be reported, other Churches may 
have Schools, but your Committee 
have no means of knowing it. 

Dear brethren, we advise every 
Church to have its Sunday School, 
and let those Schools be Church 
Schools, supply them with Bibles, 
Testaments and other Baptist 
books, and be careful to teach 
every Bible truth, make no com- 
promise with error. In reference 
to the question of Union Schools, 
your Committee are of opinion 
that any arguments for Union 
Schools is equally conclusive for 
Union Churches; but no Baptist 
can so far deny his principles as 
to enter into such a Church 
Union ; neither can he enter into 
any other Association where he 
must compromise his principles. 
We further advise all our Sunday 
Schools to use our own literature, 
which can be procured of the Sun- 
day School Board of the Southern 
Baptist Convention. 

Supply all the Schools with our 
beautiful little paper "Kind 
Words." 

B. E. Rollins, Chairman. 
The report was unanimously 
adopted. 

The Clerk read the report on 
Missions, as follows : 



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Ihe subject of Missionshas been 
discussed so often that we are sur- 
prised that there should be any 
persons found who are not ready 
to assist in this glorious work • 
yet how few there are, who are 
doing their duty in this depart- 
ment of Christian work. If the 
Churches would adopt some sys- 
tem by which their offering might 
be taken up and, sent to the Asso- 
ciation at its Annual Meetings 
we might know something of 
what we are doing, and also stim- 
ulate one another to greater ef- 
forts for the conversion of the 
world. We recommend the sub- 
jects of Home and Foreign Mis- 
sions to the prayerful considera- 
tion of the Churches, and ask that 
they renew their efforts in behalf 
of the same. 

C. B. Justice, Chairman. 
Ihe report was adopted. 



Bro. J. W. Morgan read the re- 
port on Periodicals, as follows : 

Intelligence and industry, pru- 
dence and earnestness, ought all 
to be brought to bear for the ac- 
complishment of the great wor£ 
of Salvation. The Bible contains 
all things necessary for rules of 
iaith and practice, and ought not 
to be neglected. A knowledge of 
the Bible is certainly necessary in 
order that it may be profitable 
Much industry should be used in 
searching the Scriptures that we 
may know the truth. Prudence 
and earnestness are important that 
we may not only avoid evil, but 
also accomplish good. Some read 
the Bible who say they need aid 
in understanding it. Religious 
Books are often of much advan- 
tage to enquirers for truth. But 
a well conducted Religious News- 
paper seems to supply a place that 



could not so easily be supplied 
through any other medium. The 
Missionary preaches, his sermon 
is good, but he is presently gone 
and cannot further explain to his 
hearers. Religious Books are 
good and can often be consulted 
but answers no farther. The Re-' 
ligious paper speaks once, if not 
satisfactorily, a second time, and 
eventually all the information 
necessary may be obtained. 

The " Biblical Becorder V ' is just 
such a sheet as appears to be 
be adapted to our wants • We 
therefore, earnestly commend it 
to the patronage of all our Breth- 
ren and friends. The "Home 
f!%. 7 ^ ore Jf}^ournalr, and the 

Child's Delight" we also heartily 
recommend. 

J. W, Morgan, Chairman. 

Remarks were make by Elders 
Grayson and C. B. Justice, who 
during the meeting made up a 

?/^ of \ 20 su ^cribers for the 
" Biblical Recorder." 
Report adopted. 

On motion, changed the basis 
of representation in this body, so 
as to allow every Church of 100 
members or less, two delegates, 
with their ordained ministers,, and 
one other delegate for every ad- 
ditional 100 members. 

™T he ^ folIowin £ resolution by 
aider B. E. Rollins, was adopted"* 

Bmlved, That we advise the 
Churches in this body to send up 
their freewill offerings for Mis- 
sions to the next meeting of this 
Association. 

Elder L. McCurry offered the 
following resolution, which was 
adopted : 

fiesolved, That hereafter no 
Church shall be a member of this 
body that does not fairly state in 



Tts letter to the Association that 
it is carrying out the resolution 
on Temperance, passed by,, this 
body in 1862. L. McCurry. 

The following report on Tem- 
perance was read and adopted: 

Temperance is a fruit of the 
Spirit which is to guide the 
Christian into all truth, and that 
says, " Ye are not your own, ye 
are bought with a price, therefore 
glorify God, in your body and 
Spirit which are Gods." There- 
fore the Christian should use 
things that are necessary for the 
body, in that way, that would be 
best for health and mind, and ab- 
stain from every thing that in- 
jures either; especially Tobacco, 
and ardent spirits, which causes 
poverty, distress, and death all 
over this land. 

L. McCtjrrf, Chairman. 



Bro. R. O. Ledbetter, offered 
the following resolution of thanks, 
which was adopted : 

Resolved, That the thanks of 
this body are hereby tendered to 
the Bethel Church, and the citi- 
zens of this neighborhood, for the 



kind hospitality extended to tit 
during the session of the Asso- 
ciation. R. O. Ledbetter. 



Appointed Elder J. R. Denton 
to write the next Circular Letter, 
on any subject he may select. 

Appointed C. B. Justice a dele- 
gate to represent this body in the 
next session of the JSTorth Caroli- 
na Baptist State Convention. 

The Association then adjourn- 
ed to time and place above 
named. 

Prayer by Elder J. Amnions. 
J. C. GRAYSON, Moderator. 
C. B, Justice, Clerk. 



LIST OF ORDAINED MINISTERS. 

J. C. Grayson, L. McCurry, J. 
R. Denton, J. F. Pendergrass, W. 
IT. Logan, T., B. Justice, E. L. 
Taylor, A. O. Lvnch, C. B. Justice, 
B. E. Rollins, Wl Harrill, A. M. 
McMahan, J. Wilkie, II. Culbreth, 
"W. D. Lancaster, A. Padgett. 



LICENSED MINISTERS. 

H. D. Harrill, B. F. Harril, 
McB. McDaniel. 



1 CIRCULAR LETTER. 

» 

The Green River Association to the Churches in Union, Greeting : 



Dearly beloved Brethren: — 
We in obedience to Association- 
al direction, commend to your 
particular and earnest attention 
the truths contained in this 
Epistle of love, explanatory of 
the 1st Clause, 22 verse of the 
74 Psalm of David—" Arise, 
God plead thine own cause." 



Prayer is the atmosphere the 
Christian breathes. No more 
can he do without it and retain 
his Spiritual life, than the body 
can exist without the common 
air. He has many inducements 
to this holy exercise, he has 
many wants to be supplied, 
many enemies to overcome, 



many duties to perform, and 
strength for these is only ob- 
tained by offering believing 
prayer. God is the only source 
of our help, and the Father ot 
all our mercies. The Christian, 
therefore feels the importance 
of prayer, for himself, but like- 
wise prays for others; he neces- 
sarily feels interested in the 
happiness and salvation of his 
kindred and friends, he will 
feel concerned that these should 
partake of the love of God in 
Christ, and be joint heirs with 
himself of the Grace of life; he 
not only prays for himself and 
his friends according to the 
flesh, but he likewise feels deep- 
ly concerned in the affairs of 
Zion, and for her welfare and 
prosperity he presents his sup- 
plication to God. Sooner would 
he that his right hand should 
forget its cunning, than he 
should forget Jerusalem, or that 
she should ever cease, to be his 
chief joy, the breathings of his 
soul are to build up the walls 
of Jerusalem, save now, I be- 
seech thee, send now prosperity: 
" Arise, God plead thine own 
cause." The cause specified is 
the cause of God's holy Church, 
the cause identified with the in- 
terests of redeeming love, the 
cause which is set forth in the 
New Testament under the ap- 
pellation—kingdom of God, 
kingdom of heaven, kingdom of 
righteousness, it is that spiritual 
dispensation of which Jesus is 
the head; of which believers are 



the subjects and which is des- 
tined to overthrow the works 
of darkness in the earth, and to 
fill the whole world with the 
knowledge and glory of God. 
This cause is distinguished: — 

1st, For its divinity; it is 
God's own cause, the result of 
His infinite skill, the production 
of His unsearchable grace. It 
is the cause of His eternal coun- 
sels and purposes, it is the 
cause of His right arm, it is the 
cause of His unbounded mercy 
and love, viewed as a kingdom; 
He is its legitimate sovereign, 
as a nation He is its only rule, 
as a family, He is its father and 
Head. 

2nd. It is a cause of righte- 
ousness, its founder is the 
righteous Jehovah, it originated 
in righteousness, it was effected 
by the righteousness of Messiah 
and by his being in himself the 
just demerit of unrighteousness, 
that by suffering the just for 
the unjust, he might bring us 
to God. Its principles and doc- 
trines are all righteous ; and it 
impresses the righteous image 
of God on the heart of man, 
and makes the life holy and un- 
blamable in his sight, it is a 
benevolent cause. Its designs 
are truly philanthropic, it pre- 
sents a true and full remedy for 
all the ills of humanity, it ele- 
vates the soul from the deepest 
debasement to celestial dignity, 
it delivers the mind from the 
thralldom and slavery of vice 
into the liberty of the children 



of God, it takes away from lips 
the cup of divine displeasure, 
and presents the cup of salva- 
tion, it promotes the real bene- 
fit of man, both in this world 
and in that which is to come, 
it is not only a blessing to man- 
kind, but it makes man a bless- 
ing to his fellow, it is in short, 
the light, the life, and the hap- 
piness of the world, it breathes 
out "glory to God in the high- 
est and on earth peace and good 
will toward men," and it is 
distinguished for its unity, it is 
emphatically one. It has been 
presented to the world in vari- 
ous dispensations; there have 
been the Patriarchal, the 
Mosaic, the Prophetical and the 
Gospel ; but all have been based 
on one central foundation, the 
whole of these dispensations 
have formed but one day. It 
has been distinguished by divers 
names, and has been presented 
to our view under various forms, 
but still there is only one Lord, 
one faith, one Church, one 
baptism. Christ has but one 
flock, and one fold, one spiritual 
kingdom, one army. And all 
his people are journeying one 
way, to the only true rest which 
remaineth for the people of 
God. Having noticed the cause 
specified, we proceed to consid- 
er the prayer presented. 

1st. This prayer implies that 
God's cause is opposed and tacts 
fully teay out this truth. It has 
been opposed in every age of 
the world. Cain opposed it in 



the days of Abel, the Antidelu- 
vians opposed it in the days of 
Noah, the wicked inhabitants 
of cities opposed it in the days 
of Lot, the idolatrous nations 
opposed it in the days of the 
prophets, the Jews opposed it in 
the days of Christ, the philoso- 
phizing Greeks and barbarious 
Pagans opposed it in the days 
of the Apostles. Mahomme- 
dons, infidels and false hearted 
friends, and men of this world, 
have opposed and do oppose it 
even until now. It is opposed 
too by the Prince of the powers 
of the air, and by those numer- 
ous legions of spirits of crime 
who throng the air and darken 
heaven and crowd this lower 
world. This prayer implies that 
this cause depends upon God, 
and not upon man for success. 
" Arise God and plead plead 
thine own cause." A moments 
reflection upon its enemies is 
sufficient to establish this senti- 
ment. All merely human re- 
sources must of necessity fail, 
human knowledge, learning, 
riches, eloquence and genius 
would be alike unavailing. It 
requires Almighty power to 
shield it, an Allwise Deity to 
direct it, an Omniscient eye to 
watch it, and an everflowing 
fountain to supply its wants. 
" It is not by might or power, 
but by my spirit," saith the Lord 
of hosts. It implies that not- 
withstanding its dependence 
upon God, he expects his peo- 
ple would intercede in its be- 



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half, he expects this from his 
people on account of their pro- 
fessed attachment to it, and on 
account of the inseparable con- 
nection between Zion's pros- 
perity and their own happiness 
and the people of God's cause, 
by offering up prayers in its be- 
half. What striking examples 
are before us in the case of 
Moses, Abraham, David, Jere- 
miah and in the blessed Re- 
deemer and his Apostles, and 
God has laid this upon the 
hearts of his people, and has 
enforced it by royal authority 
and sanctioned it by divine 
promise : — " Pray for the peace 
of Jerusalem, for they that love 
her shall prosper." And in 
what way does God regard the 
prayers of his servants in be- 
half of his cause ? How does 
he answer their requests? 
Sometimes he does this by 
striking interpositions of his 
providence, see how he inter- 
posed in behalf of Israel of old, 
in Egypt at the Red Sea^ in 
their conflicts with the nations. 
See how he did this in the days 
of Haitian, of Nehemiah, of 
David, How he did this in the 
case of Peter when delivered 
from prison and death. Plow 
he did this in the days of the 
reformation. How often when 
floods have surrounded her, 
storms beat upon her, and 
threatened her entire destruc- 
tion, he arose, und said to the 
unruly . elements, " be still," 
and immediately there was 



a great cairn. He answers this 
prayer by raising up useful in- 
struments for his work, in this 
way he raised up Moses, and 
brought' him from tending; his 
flocks, to be the deliverer of 
Israel. In this way he raised 
up Joshua, Gideon, Jephtha, 
David and Cyrus; for this was 
Jeremiah sanctified, and' for 
this was Paul elected to be an 
Apostle, that he might make 
known anions:: the Gentiles the 
unsearchable riches of Christ. 
He pleads his 'own cause by 
pouring' out his spirit upon the 
means his servants employ. It 
was in this way ■-that, the first 
preachers of the Cross were 
qualified for going forth to pro- 
claim with success the Gospel 
of the Grace of God And it 
was this that caused the plant- 
ing of Paul and the watering of 
Apoilos to succeed ; u for he that 
planteth is nothing-, nor he that 
watereth, but God who giveth 
the increase/ The weapons- of 
our 'Warfare- are only effectual 
through God to the pulling 
down of strong holds. 

"Ye little Sampson's up and' try, 
..And smite Philistines Jar and nigh; 
The hottest battle is began, 
Come stand the'fire 'til it is done, 
Altho' you meet with Giants tall. 
And you appear but weak and small, 
Jesus, -Jei ; us, is your friend, 
He'll help-, you. fight unto the end." 

" To the King immortal and 
invisible, the only wise God, 
whose throne is everlasting and 
whose kingdom ruleth>-;jr all, 
be glory in the Church, through 
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List of Minister's Names, 

J. C. Gravson, L. McOurry, J. R. Denton, B. E. Rol- 
lins, W. Harrill, T. B. Justice, A. MoMahan, J. Wilkie, 
H. Culbreath, E. L. Taylor, A. 0. Lynch, W. H. Logan, 
J. F. Pendergrass, C. 13. Justice. 

Licentiates.— II. D. Harrill, McB. McBaniel, B. F. 
Harrill, J. McFaddin. 



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PSOCEEBIKG-S. : 

FIKST~I>AY. 

SATURDAY, SEPT. 30th, 1871. 

The Gheen River Baptist Association convened this | 

day with the Rutherfordton Baptist Church, liutherford- f) 

ton, N. C. I 

The introductory sermon was preached by Elder L. B 

McCurry, from 1st Cor., 3 ; 9. 

After an intermission of fifty minutes, the delegates | 
assembled in the Male Academy. Prayer by Eider VV. 1 
I II. Logan. 

} Appointed brethren W. M. Blanton and J. \V. Mor- | 
[ gan Reading Clerks, read letters from the Churches, and | 
; enrolled delegates' names as follows : 

Head First JBroad.— B. E. Rollins, W. Grayson, Wil 
I W. Blankinship. 

\ ML Vernon.— H. J. Williams, II. B. Wilson, 
i Pane Creek. — R. K. Wilson, E. Walker. 
j M Zion.—J. T. Price, I). D. Lattimore. 
! ML Lebanon.— A. E. Wilson, M. 13. Freeman. 
S Shiloh.—J. Wilkev, T. C. Page, C. J- Sparks. 

Cool Springs.— W.' Harril, H/Harril, J. Goode, G. T. | 
j Bostic. 

: Green's Creek. — J. B. Pwara, J. E. Prince. 
White Oak.— J. C. Waldrep, 0. J. Nelson. 
Rock Sprints.— E. L. Taylor, A. O. Lynch, Z. T. White- 
side, R. Whiteside. 

ML Pleasant— A. McMahan, W. S. Hill, B. McMa- 
han. 

Pleasant Hill— J. McFaddeu, B. Hill. 
Harmony Grove. — J. C. Grayson. B. P. Simmons, G 
II. Simmons. 





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Bethel. — J. B. Grayson, J. H. Morris. 

Mountain Creek. — N. E. Walker, A. Keeter, jr. 

Bills CreeJc— W. H. Logan, W. Fliun, P. Wilkerson. 

MontfonVs Cove. — J. W. Morgan, E. Parker. 

Silver Creek. — J. Jackson, A. Jackson. This church 
failed to state in her letter to the Association that she 
was carrying out the Temperance Resolution adopted by 
the Association in 1862. The Moderator ruled that her 
letter be laid on the table. 

Di/sartsville. — L. McCurry, J. R. Denton, W. M. Blan- 
ton, J. L. McCurry. 

Sandy Springs. — J. H. Hester. 

Camp Creelc. — C. Clements, J. R. Walker. 

Zion Hill. — J. F. Pendergrass, J Bradley, M. P. Mor- 
gan. 

Coopers'' Gap. — M. Laughter, J. Gibbs, J. A. Dims- 
dale, [This church being in the same condition as Sil- 
ver Creek, the letter was laid on the table. 

Mt. Carmel.—'R. Turner. 

Bethlehem.— Or. K. Morgan, E. M. Morgan. 

Hound Hill. — R. 0. Ledbetter, M. Harris. 

Ruth&rrorrJton.—T. B. Justice, J. M. Allen, W. O.Wal- 
lace, C. B. Justice. 

Cherry Springs. — J. B. Coxey, J. Keeter. 

Floyd's Creek.— K. T. Carpenter, J. J. Camp, McB. 
McDaniel. 

A ballot for officers resulted in the election of T. B. 

Justice, Moderator, and C. B. Justice, Clerk, 

On motion invited, newly constituted churches desi- 
ring membership in this Association, to present them- 
/ selves by letter and delegates, when Piney Knob, a new- 
l ly constituted church, presented her Constitution and 
C letter, after the reading of which the church was received 
&into the Association, and the hand of fellowship extendi 



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Ted by the Moderator, to her delegates, G. Eobertson and ^ 

5 J. Elliott. 

j On motion, received the following; correspondents : 

From Salem Association. — Elders Gf. S. Jones, W. J. 
Wilkie. 

From King's Mountain Association. — Elders G. M. 
Webb, T. Dixon, N. B. Oobb, W. Hill, G. W. Eollins, 
and L. E. Eollins. 

From Broad River Association. — W. Hill. 

From Catawba Association. — No correspondent. 

On motion, invited Elder J D. Huf ham, Cor. Sec. of 
the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, to a seat 
in the Association, which he accepted. 

Invited visiting ministers to seats with the Association. 

Appointed J. B. Grayson, J. W. Morgan, and E. O. 
I Led better a Committee on Finance. 

On Missions. — J. C. Grayson, B. E. Eollins. J. D. Huf- 
ham. 

On Temperance.— A. 0. Lynch, D. D. Lattimore, Vv 7 . j 
H. Logan. 

On S. Schools.— W. M. Blanton, J. M. Allen, G. S. 
Jones. 

To present a resolution on Periodicals, Elder N. B. 
Cobb. 

On Correspondence. — E. L. Taylor, E. J. Williams, W. 
I 0. Wallace. 

On Religions Services. — The Pastor and Deacons of the 
the Eutherfordton Church. 

Elected Elder J. D. Huf ham to preach at the Baptist 
Church on Lord's Day morning, and Elder N. B. Cobb 
_ to preach at the Methodist Church at the same hour ; 
( Elder Wade Hill, to preach at the Baptist Church, and 
l Elder G. S. Jones to preach at the Methodist Church u 
£ Lord's Day Evening. c 

<$£.i Agreed that a collection to aid in the mission work A 

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bo taken on to-morrow immediately after the morning c . 
services at each church. 

Appointed L. McOurry, J. R. Denton, Z. T. White- 
side a committee to arrango business for tho Association. ■ 

On motion adjourned until Monday morning 9 o'clock. \ 

Prayer, Elder Jones leading. 

XiOIfcD'g PAY. 

Oct. 1st, 1871. 
The pulpits of tho Methodist and Baptist churches 
were occupied at the hours announced, by those appoint- 
ed. The missionary collections amounted to $37.50. 



MONDAY MORNING, Oct 2nd. 
The Asro3iation met at 9 o'clock, Prayer, Elder Cobb 
leading. 

Called the roll and marked absentees. 
Adopted the following Resolution : 

Resolved, That the resolution passed by tho Association in 1870 
in regard to Temperance, ho hereby repealed, and that in lieu 
thereof it be made a standing rule of order of this body, to have a 
report on Temperance at every session of the Association. 

C. B. JUSTICE. 

On motion, the letters from Silver Creek and Cooper's 
Grap churches were taken from the table and their dele- 
o-ates received into the Association. 

In the absence of any report from the committee of 
arrangements, on motion adopted the order of business 
of last year. 

The Circular Letter, written by Elder J. R. Denton, 
being read by the Clerk, was adopted and ordered to be 
printed with the minutes. 

On motion, the appointment of some one to write a 

Circular letter to be read before the Association at its£ 

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Elected Elder B. E. Eollins to preach the next intro 
ductory sermon, Elder W. H. Logan, alternate. 

On motion, agreed that hereafter in the election of 
ministers to preach the introductory sermon, the choice 
shall be made by a plurality vote unless otherwise or- 
dered by the Association. 

Agreed to hold the nexfc session of this body with the 
Siver Creek church, Polk county, N. C, commencing on 
Friday before the 1st Lord's. day in October 1872. 

Appointed correspondence to sister Associations as fol- 
lows : 

To Salem.— U. 0. Ledbetter, Elder E. L. Taylor. 

To Kings Mountain. — Elders B. E. Eollins, 0. B. Jus- 
tice, L. McCurry, and brethren M. Harris and H. D. 
Harril. 

To Bro'icl River Association. — Elders A. McMahan, T. 
B. Justice, E. L. Taylor, and brother T. 0. Page. 

To Catawba. — Eider J. 0. Grayson. 

Appointed the next Union meeting to convene with 
the Round Hill church, on Friday before the 4th Lord's 
day in July 1872 ; Elders B. E. Eollins, T. B. Justice, 
and C. B. Justice to attend it. 

The report on Sunday Schools was read and adopted 
.as follows : 

Report. — We find by reference to the Church" letters 
that some of our churches have good S. Schools in their 
midst. 

The following statistics may serve to encourage other 
churches to engage in the same work : 

Mount Lebanon has a S School of 30 members ; Cher- 
ry Springs has a flourishing little School with about 80 
members ; Silver Creek has had a very good School, 
number of members not reported ; Bethel has a large 
School, 92 members ; Cane Creek has a School of 25 
members ; Mt. Carmel has had a Sunday School a short 

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time ; Shiloh has a good flourishing school with 78 mem- $ 
bers ; Hutherfordton has an interesting School with 84 j 
enrolled names; Mt Zion has a School of 58 members ; j 
Mt Vernon has a good School ; Sandy Springs has a | 
School with 40 members ; Green's Creek has an interest- f 
ing School with 50 members ; Cooper's Gap has a School 
of 60 members; Floyd's Creek has had a School ; Beth- 
lehem has a good School. 

It is to be hoped that this list will be greatly length- 
ened before the next session of this Association. 
Respectfully, 

G. S. JONES. 



The committee on Correspondence reported ; report 
received and the Committee discharged. 
J. I). Huf ham submitted the following 

Keport on Missions. 

State Missions. — There is much spiritual destitution 

within the limits of our own State. In some sections 

the Gospel, as we understand it, is not preached. In 

some counties there are no Baptist preachers. In others 

there are but few churches. It is our duty to supply 

this destitution as far as we can. The Baptist State 

Convention of North Carolina has been endeavoring for 

years to do this work, and their efforts have been blessed. 

During the present year they have had ten missionaries 

in the field. They now have eight. Under their labors 

many destitute places have heard the gospel. More 

than one hundred persons have been baptized, and one 

church has been organized. One house of worship has 

been commenced and efforts are making to build four 

I others at important points. Many places are asking for 

j. help and the number of laborers could be doubled if the 

t means to sustain them could be had. We recommend ( 

^that the churches of this body extend to our Convention; 

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a hearty and active co-operation in this home-mission^ 
work. 

Foreign Missions. — Never before have Southern Bap 
tists found so much to encourage them in their Foreign 
Missionary Work. Their missions in China are enlarg- 
ing. They now have in that great empire twelve sta- 
tions and out-stations, ivith thirty laborers. Twelve of 
these are from this country, and eighteen are natives. 
Seven churches have been formed, in connection with 
which more than 3o0 persons have been baptized. 

The African Mission has been resumed and has ten 
stations with twelve workers. 

Our European Mission is wonderfully progressive. In 
less than a year we have put eight or ten evangelists 
and colporteurs at work in Italy. In the city of 
Kome a Baptist church has been formed, and more than 
forty have been baptized. A school for the improvement 
of native preachers has been opened. Thirty thousand 
copies of portions of God's Word have been distributed. 
Calls are made in different parts of Italy for Baptist 
workers, On the banks of the Adriatic sea, a church 
heretofore holding the truth except in regard t$ the or- 
dinances, have become Baptist, and now have seventy- 
five communicants, with a Baptist pastor. Surely there 
is ample encouragement for every one to press forward 
with fresh hope and energv in this great work. 

*. €, GRAYSON, Chairman. 
Pending the motion to adopt the Report, a contribu- 
tion for Yates' Chapel, in China, amounting to $13 15 
| was taken. On motion of Elder B. E. Rollins, the body 
! engaged in prayer in behalf of Brother Yates and his 
work in China, Elder Huf'ham leading. Eeport adopt- 
ed. 

Ordered that the contributions on Lord's day, and the 
?? amount collected tor brother Yates' Chapel, be paid over 




to Elder J. D. Huf ham to be forwarded to destinations. 

j JResolved, Tha,t this Association heartily endorse the Biblical 
) Recorder, published in Raleigh, N. C, at |2 50 per year, as the 
a origan of the N. C. Baptists, and the Home and Foreign Journal 
| published at Richmond, Va., and' request the pastors and dele- 
jj gates present to use their influence to secure subscribers for them 
| in their churches. 

I licsolovil, That we also recommend Kind Woeds, published at 
I Memphis, Teun., and the Baptist Teacher, published at 530 jjj 
|1 Arch Street, Philadelphia, to the Sunday Schools within our 
I bounds. IN. B. COBB. 

Elder A. 0. Lynch read the following 

Beport on Temperance. 

Your committee finds that intemperance is rery de- 
I structure to human life. There is said to be six hun- 
| dred thousand drunkards in America, all having begun 
I their course as moderate dram drinkers ; of this number 
1 sixty thousand are said to die annually. We are sorry 
I to learu that there are five hundred and seventy thous- 
i and persons employed in making and dealing out this jj 
| destructive beverage to their fellow creatures. From I 
1 statistics we learn that there are one billion five \ 
j hundred millioi of dollars spent yearly for intoxicating 
liquors, beside the untold woes and anguish caused by \ 
its use. Our limits are too short 16 dwell on these evils. 
'JA word to the wise is sufficient." 

We would say to God's people, ."Ye are the salt of the 
earth." God looks to you. Will you save yourselves 
and others from this fell-destroyer ? Temperance is a | 
fruit of the spirit of Christ, and is defined as a total ab- | 
stiiience from all things hurtful to us and dishonoring | 
to God, and the moderate use of all things needful for j 
( man and glory of God. We therefore deem it improper j 
U and sinful for professing christians to use intoxicating i 
io Honors as a beverage. Eespectfully submitted, j^ 

Adopted. A. 0. LYNCH, Chairman. 4 

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J. B. Grayson read the following 

Beport on Finance. 

We find $32 75 sent up the churches for printing 
minutes. We recommend that the Clerk be allowed $6 | 
for his services, and superintend the printing and distri- § 
bution of as many copies of the minutes as the money I 
remaining on hand will pav for. 

J. B." GEAYSON, Chairman. 

Adopted without debate. 

Resolved, That we advise the pastors in the bounds of this Asso- | 
ciation to take quarterly contributions for State and Foreign Mis- 1 
sions, and the churches to contribute liberally to the same cause, i 

C. B. JUSTICE. 

Appointed the following delegation to the Baptist State 1 
Convention of N. Or, which meets in Charlotte on Wed- I 
nesday the 8th clay of November, 1871: Elders B. E.J 
Rollins, T. B. Justice, W. H. Logan, and C. B. Justice, 
and brethren A. L. Grayson, M. H. Justice, and McB. 
McDaniel. 

Adopted the following resolution of thanks : 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Association be tendered to 
the citizens of this communit)^ for their hospitality in entertaining 
the delegates and visitors during the session of the Association, 
and to the Methodist Church for the use of their house of worshio. 

J. W. MORGAN. 

At their request letters of dismission were granted to i 
1 Sandy Springs church to join the Broad River Associa- I 
I tion, and Greens Creek to join the Tyger Eiver Associa- 1 
1 tion. 1 

After the singing of a hymn, and a fraternal shake of jj 
each others hand, Elder B. E. Rollins led the Association j 
in prayer, and the Moderator pronounced the final ben- 
ediction. T. B. JUSTICE, Moderator. 
C. B. Justice, Clerk. 

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CIRCULAR LETTER, 



To the Clturchm of the Green River Baptist Associa- 
tion, Greeting: 

"Beloved brethren, Be at peace 

among yourselves." 1st Thess., 5 : 13th v. Our great 

! palladium against the enemies of truth, is peace and 

unanimity among ourselves. We lose much moral force 

from being divided in our sentiments and actions. Be- 

i ing members of the same body — disciples of the same 

I teacher — servants of the same Lord— heirs to the same 

inheritance — subjects of the same King, we should hold 

our friendship and fellowship inviolate. 

"Be at peace among yourselves." This divine admo- 
j nition was specifically addressed to a body of christians, 
I known as a church, and is recorded as a part of the 
Scripture, "given by inspiration of God, and is profitable 
I for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction 
; in righteousness ; that the man of God may be perfect, | 
| thoroughly furnished unto all good works." "Profitable | 
for doctrine." A thing that may be taught to the great 
I benefit of the truly pious sons and daughters of God. 

It is to be feared that few pastors inculcate upon the 

I churches of their charge, the vital importance of being 

1 of one mind and one heart, and of loving one another 

as "Christ loved us and gave Himself for us, an offering 

and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor." It 

may be observed on the other hand, that a church must 

be very indocile not to heed the teachings, promises and 

warnings of the gospel of peace, when presented by the 

faithful ambassador of Christ in a way too plain to be 

j misunderstood. 

I "Profitable for reproof." How very much unlike J- 
G Christ is he, who makes a breech in the fellowship of a £_ 
<8 church of God. Most assuredly he deserves the reproof» 



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j and contempt of all good men, since "he that soweth 
j discord among brethren is an abomination unto the 
j Lord." 

"Profitable for correction." Man is an unruly, con- 
tentious creature, *and very hard to satisfy; full of no- 
tions and fond of change ; therefore he needs correction. 
There is nothing else so profitable for this correction as 
Scripture. Man may demur from every human means 
or human argument, but when his heart is pierced with 
the sword of the spirit, which is the Word o£ God, he 
feels, he trembles, he repents. 

Profitable for instruction in righteousness. The mind 
and heart of man are so treacherous that they need 
prompting throughout the whole course of life. There 
is no course of instruction or training like Christs's 
course. Other courses of training, may strengthen, de- 
velope, and beautify the mind, but Christ's course brings 
joy t© the heart and righteousness for the soul. Other 
courses prepare us for the avocations of life in this 
world, but this for a citizenship in the regions of undy- 
ing glory. 

"Be at peace among yourselves," This admonition 
is applicable to all God's people ; and, as brethren, 
of one common Father, they are bound by the law of 
Christ to exercise themselves to the extent of their abil- 
ities and opportunities to promote the peace and pros- 
perity of His Churches. Christ left His peace with 
His people, He gave it unto them, assuring them that 
in Him they might have peace, but in the world they 
should have tribulation ; and He exhorted them to be of 
good comfort; for He had overcome the world. It is a 
matter of regret that there is so much dissatisfaction in 
the Churches of Christ, so much biting and devouring of 
each other, so much envy and strife. The people of 
God should be one. 

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"Be ye all of one mind, love as brethren, be pitiful, c ; 
be courteous," are admonitions of the apostle Peter, em- 
inently zealous in the cause of Christ, and a worthy ex- 
ample of Christian piety and devotion, for all the fol- 
lowers of Christ at the present clay. Christian love 
should not be severed by every slight occurrence or un- 
favorable rumor. 

The love which binds christians together should be 
like that manifested by Christ in dying for sinners ; we 
should be willing to give our lives for the brethren. 
Christians ought to cherish the fondest sympathy for 
each other's well-being, and the highest state of chris- 
tian refinement should exist among them. If we have 
the spirit of Christ it is reasonable to expect that we will 
manifest it in our manner of life. Christ commenced 
His Father's business when He was but a youth. A 
man, as soon as he becomes satisfied that he is a chris- 
tian, should begin to labor in the cause of religion, and 
continue at the work till death releases him ; just as 
Christ ceased not to labor till he had finished the great 
plan of redemption upon the cross. "He went about 
doing good." He made opportunities. So we should 
exert ourselves to do much good. Christ labored to 
keep peace among His disciples.. We all likewise 
ought to cultivate a peaceable disposition, and "Be at 
peace among ourselves." 

"Finally, bretheren, farewell; Be perfect, be of good 
cheer, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace ; 
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Oct. 4th to 6th, 1872. 



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PROCEEDINGS. 



October 4th, 1872* 

The Green Rivek Baptist Association, convened 
this day with the Silver Cieek Church, Polk eo., N. C. 

The Introductory Sermon was preached by Elder B. 
E. Kollins, from -Ephesiaug vi. loth. 

After a recess oi 30 minutes the delegates assemble 
in the house. Prayer by the Moderator. 

Appointed J. VV Morgan and VV. M. Justice reading 
Clerks, read letters from the Churches, and enrolled 
delegates names, as foiiows : 

Head First Broad.— B. ft. Kollins, M. Melton. 

Mount Vernon. — N. J. Rollins. 

Cane Creek. — G. VV. Gaily. 

Mount Zion.— J Divinney, S. J. Weaver. 

ML Lebanon.— L. L. Deck, M. D. Wilson. 

Shilouh.—'V. C. Page, J. E. Henry. 

Cool Springs.— G. T. B >3tiek, M. H. Do™et, H. D. 
Barn I. 

White Oak.— W. Splawn, T Garrett. 

Mock Springs,— G. -Whiteside, E. L. Taylor, 11. White- 
side. 
.• Jft. Pleasant. — A. McMahan. 

Pleasant Mill.— 3. B. Hill. 

Bethel, — George Ka}ier. 

Mountain Creek. — It. P. Geer. J. W. Lewis. 

Bill's Creek — VV. H. Logan, E. D. Foster. 

Mont/vrd's Coce.—SSl. H. Lojjan, T. P. Hemphill. 

Silver Creek,— L S. liig^ins, VV. M. Justice. 

Dysarisville, -J. L. McUurry, L. G. L. Taylor. 

Camp Creek, — Letter. . 

Zion BtU. — J. F. Pendergrass. 

Coopers Gap. — M. R. Laughter, II. K. Corn, J. Gibbs. 



MINUTES. 



Markn, (formerly Mt. Carmel,) — W. D. Justice, T. P. 

Hawkins. 
Bethlehem. — Letter. 

Round mil— I. P. Sorrells, J. A Keeter. 
RuthsrfordtQn.-^W. 6 Wallace, J. M. Allen, T. BL 

Justice. 
Chzrry Sprinft } —.J. B. Coxev, 0. Moore. 
Floyd's GVwft.— H. P. Miller, J. J. 0*mp. 
jPwy £Two5. — T. 0. teeter 1 ; A. B. Hiynes. 

A ballot for officers resulted in the re-election of T; 
U. Justice. Moderator, and 0. B Justice. Clerk. 

On motion received corresponding; messengers from 
^i&ter Associations, as follows: 

From Sgfam,-^- W. E. Jackson. 

Kinq's Mountain, — A letter by her messenger, Elder 

W. Rollins. 
• Sroal River. — No messenger or letter. 

Catawha. — None. 

Invited visiting Ministers to seats with the body. The 
Invitation was accepted by Elder J. Williams of the 
Broad River Association, and Elder J. P. Starke, 8. S. 
Missionary of the S. S. B. of the N. 0. B S. G. 

Appointed the hour of 1 o'clock, P M. to-morrow, to 
feear Elder Starke in behalf of the Hoard he represents. 

On motion, the Moderator announced the following 
committees : 

On Finance.-- J. W. Morgan, W D. Justice, J. W. 
Lewis. 

Missions.— C. B. Justice, W. H. Logan* B. E. Rollins. 

Temperance. — J. W.Morgan, W. D. Justice, H. D. 
Harrill. 

S. Schools. — J. P. Starke, G. W. Rollins, C. B. Jus- 
tice. 

On motion, agreed to dispense w*th the committee on 
correspondence, and let the names of ©ur messengers 
appear in the face of the minutes. 

Appointed E. L. Taylor and G. T. Bostic, with tke 
Pastor and Deacons of Silver Creek Church, a commit- 
tee on Religions Exercise. 

Appointed T. P. Hemphill, J. M. Allen and B. & 
Boiling, with the Moderator and Clerk, a committee to 
arrange business for the Association. 



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On motion, agreed to meet a?, 9 o'clock, a m, to-mor- 
row, and spend 30 minutes in devotional exercise. 
Adjourned till 9 o'clock, a in, tn-merrow. 
Pi-aver bv Elder G. W. Rollins. 



SATURDAY. OCT. 5th, 9 A M. 

The Association met and Miter : spending half an bout 
in devwtimal exercise, the Moderator culled the bodj 
to order. 

The Clerk read the proceedings of yesterday, ani 
railed the roll of delegate's names. 

The committee appointed to arrange business for the 
Association, made their report and were discharged. 

Read the Constitution and rules of order. 

Appointed the following correspondence: 

To Suiem, which meets at Honnny church, on Satur- 
day before the first Lord's day in September, 1873, El- 
ders B. L. Taylor, J. F. Pendergrass, W. H. Logan au i 
Brother J. W. Morgan. 

To Kinjs Mountain, which meets at Zion church, oi 
Friday before the fourth Lords day in September, 1878. 
Elders B. E. Rollins, II. D. Hani!, T. B. Justice, C. B. 
Justice, and Brother L. L. Deck. 

To Broul River, which meets .. ith the church at A»- 
tiock. on Friday before the 2nd Lord's Day in Septem- 
ber 1873. Elders L. McOurry, E L. Taylor, A. M. Mc- 
MahaN, T. B. Justice, and' Brother T. C. Py^e. 

To Caiauba, which meets at Union Church, on Friday 
before the 2nd Lord's Day in October, 1,173, Elders J. Cfc 
Gravson, J. R. Denton and Brethren W. D Justice and 
J: Hemphill. 

Appointed the next Union Meeting, with t h e 
church at Cool Springs, to commence on Friday befor* 
the 4ih Lord's Day in July, 1873, aud Elders B. E. Rol- 
iins, W. H. Logan, A. M. McMahan, E. L. Taylor, and 
0. B. Justice to attend it. 

On motion of Elder B. E. Rollins, agreed to appoint u 
Union Meeting in each District in the Association, to 
meet on Friday before the 5th Lord's Day in soi»t* 
month during the year, and that all the ministers of tb* 
Association be requested to attend thera. 



MINUTES, 



Appointed the Union Meeting in the First District to 
meet with the church nt Kill's Greek, on Friday before 
the 5th Lord's T)p.y in December, 1872. 

The Union Meeting in the Second District, will meet 
with the church at Marion on Friday before the 5th 
Lord's Day in March, 1873, and the one in the Third 
District will convene with the church at Mt. Lebanon, 
en Friday before the 5th Lord's Day in June 1873. 

The committee submitted the following 

Eeport on Missions. 

"Go ye info all the world and preach the Gopel to tf- 
ery creature.'' was the commission given bv Christ to 
His Apostles, arid obeying this, '-They wont forth, and 
preached e/erywh.ere.''' From then until the present, 
christians have longed to see the world blessed with & 
pure gospel : and recognizing the truth, that they were 
not their own, hut G< d's. and that they were eo worker* 
with God, have given of thnir time, their talents, and 
their possessions to gain this end. Notwithstanding their 
inability to prosecute the work of missions to any great 
extent during the dark ages of persecution, vet they 
succeeded in keening the principle alive, and soon after 
the Reformation began to send forth the Missionary and 
the Bible. In 1559, Michael went as Y)ission#ry tc>> 
Lapland. In 1644 a Mission was established am mg the 
Indians at what is now Newton'. Massachusetts, and in 
1696 these wore thirty indian ehurehes in New England. 
In 1705 a Mission was established at Tranquebar, in 
South Hindostan. In 1728 a mission was began at Ma- 
dras under the patronage of the Christian Knowledge 
Society. During the next thirty-three } 7 ears fouiteen 
hundred and seventy converts united wita the church. 
In 1795 the London Missionary Society was formed. In 
1813, Judson commenced his labors at Rangoon. Bur- 
mah. About this time the American Baptist Board of 
Foreign Missions was organized. On the foundation 
3uid by Judson, amidst difficulties and trials and prayers 
there had been built up in i860, 2*27 churches, with 15,^ 
923 members, 63 ordained native ministers, and 309 un- 
ordained ministers, who are not only laboring to-sustaia 
the gospel at home, but to extend it to the regions beyond. 



MINUTES. 



China, with her vast population, has been visits! by, and 
become the home of trie Missionary. Schools ha?e been 
•pened for the instruction of hf>r people; the Bible has 
been translated into- their language; the gospel has beeu 
^reached, churches organized, tho ordinances adminis- 
tered, and many are to be found among her people "who 
love God. 

Africa now stretches forth her hands and asks for the- 
bre id of life. 

Italy, that has »o long been the willing slave of FapaJ 
power and appa'ssskm, is no longer raue&essibla to ther 
gospel, but under the Prwvidence <>t God. is thrown open 
to the Heralds of the Gross. Men and women are anx- 
ious to hear of the Savior's dying love, and many at© 
gladly embracing the offer at mercy through Jesus' blood- 

The want of space forbids our speaking farther of the 
openings before the Church, by winch she may preach 
the gospel to a perishing world. Every nation, except 
one, is now in a condition to he reached with the gospel 
of peace. Many that h*v.< hitherto been inaccessible, 
now anxiously await the coming of the missionary and 
Bible. To in-sure success, we need, first, the influences 
of the Holy Ghost, that the word may be profitable to 
those that hear. After we have done all we can. we are 
still dependent on God for success. Second : there is a 
great demand for more hi borers. While there is an ap- 
parent scarcity of ministers to supply The demands in our 
own country, there are but few who aro ready to sacri- 
fice all else, and go as missionaries to Foreign fields to 
tell to heathen millions the story of the Gross. 

Third, there is a want of funds with which to feed and 
clothe missionaries and their families, that they may give 
their time to the preaching of the word. For ' How can 
they hear without a preacher, and how can they preach 
except they be sent." 'Tney that preach the gospel, shall 
live of the gospel." God loveth a cheerful giver, and ia 
no sense is our liberality more acceptable to Him thaa 
when manifest in giving for the spread of the gospel. 

We would recommend to the favorable consideration. 
of the Association and Churches the building of a uoust 
for the Baptist Church in the city of Rome, aud advise 
the making of liberal contributions for the completion of 
that work. 



6 MINUTES. 



Christiana should pray the Lord of the harvest to s*nd 
fffirth more laborers into the vineyard, that the entire field 
may fee occupied, giving, as the Lord has prospered them, 
for the support of those tha't are culled and sent forth ; 
and praying for the out-pouring of the Holy Ghost, that 
the kingdoms of this world may become the Kingdom of 
of God and His Christ. They should be s^re that they 
do their duty to God, themselves, and their fellow 
creatures. 

During the past year the Executive Board of the 
Baptist State Convention of N. 0. have had in their em- 
ploy about twenty Missionaries, who have been preaching 
to the destitute of our »wn State ; organizing churchei*, 
8. Schools, and doing a noble work. While we have no 
destitution in the bounds of our own Association, there 
are laige scopes of country in the State that are destitute 
ef the gospel as we hold it. Some entire counties are 
destitute of Baptist ministers. How essential to the 
future welfare and prosperity of our loved State, that 
this destitution be supplied. We would earnestly recom- 
mend to the prayer !ul consideration of the Association, 
the work of State Missions. 

C. B. JUSTICE, Ohmn. 

After rpmarks by various brethren, the report was 
unanimously adopted. 

The C erk read the following resolution : 
Resolved, That the Association appoint a Board of 
Missions, consisting of live members, which shall co- 
operate with the Executive Board of the N. 0. Bap isi 
State Convention in raising funds for the prosecution of 
the work of missions. That this Board shall appoint 
a committee of three in each church in the Association, 
whose dutj it shall be to bring before their respective 
ehurches the claims of the mission work and give t v, eia 
the privilege of contributing any amount that they may 
desire, said amount to be applied exclusively to the work 
of missions. The contributions thus made are to be for- 
warded to the Board of missions, and by said Boaid to 
be forwarded to the Treasurer of the Executive Board of 
the Baptist State Convention. Ssfd Board of mission* 
shall make to this Association at its tegular sessions, a 
2 all report of all moneys received irons, tno different 



MINUTES, 



churches, exhibiting th® different vouchers showing th* 
disp sition made of th« same. C. B. JUSTICE. 

After remarks by different brethren the resolution was 
adapted. 

On motion it was agreed that the Moderator and Clerk 
be appointed two of th® Board prwvuled for in th© fore- 
going resolution. 

The moderator then appointed Eider W. H. Loga&, 
H. D. Harrill, and Brother J. W. Lewis as th© other 
three members of the Board. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 
At 1 o'clock, the moderator called the body to ordar. 
Elder J. P. Starke read the following 

Heport on Sabbatli Schools. 

God enjoins upon his people to give to all a knowledge 
of His word. This duty He has imposed upon them since 
He first ma do a revelation to man. The Jews were com- 
manded to teach the words of the law to their children. 
They were to "gather together men and women and 
children and the stranger that was in their gates," and 
instruct thsfei in the things God revealed to Moses. At 
home or abroad, when employed, and in their hours of 
recreation, they were commanded to talk to their children 
about divine thing's. In fact it was impossible for the 
Jew who obeyed the law, by which lie claimed to b&> 
governed, to raise his child in ignorance of God's word. 

The example of Christ and His Apostles make it out- 
duty in these latter days to give to all a knowledge of 
the way of salvation. Wherever they went they de- 
clared that the World's Redeemer had come, and thai; 
the world through Him might live. They were de- 
termine i that those with whom they mat should not be 
ignorant of the things that pertained to their eternal 
intei ests. 

We have further the plaininjunction of our Lord to teach 
all nations whatsoevei, He has commanded us. Every 
Christian should feel that this language is addressed ta 
himself; that it is his bounden duty to teach to other* 
the truths of the Bible. The S. School is one of the 
most efficient means of effecting this end therefore ever/ 



I? MINUTES. 



christian should fe»l that it is an obligation resting upon 1 
him to engage in the Sunday School work. Do we take 
the Bible as our guide ? Do we claim to be governed by 
its examples and precepts ? Then we must admit 1 hat ifc 
is our duty to tench to the rising generatien the lessons 
of inspiration. The S. ScshW is aUo an instrumentality 
which God has blessed to the salvation of many immortal 
souls. This is an additional reason why we should en- 
courage it. Where the Sus day School has been flourish- 
ing the ehureh has continually drawn recruits from it* 
ranks. What God has thus «anctift©d demands our at- 
tention. What Pie nas so profusely blessed, claims the 
support of every follower of Jesus,. The Committee ar» 
glad to report that some of th«? schools in our bounds are- 
?ery flourishing indeed. Several schools that were not 
mentioned last year are reported this year. And if we 
are to base a conclusion up*>n th& S. School statistics 
gathered from the letters and delegates of the different 
chuiches of the Association, there has been an increasa 
of interest during the past year in, our cans©. 

The Committee beg leave to urge the importance of 
Baptist S. Schools. It we believe that the Baptists hold 
the Bible in its simplicity and purity, we are bound to- 
©ncourage our own denominational schools. Nor should 
we use any other than Baptist literature. If we are per- 
suaded that other denominations are in error as to many- 
points of faith and practice, we cannot consistently and 
conscientiously suffer their doctrines to be taught in our 
8. Schools. We recommend the Baptist Publication. 
Society of Philadelphia, and the one at Memphis, aa 
sources from which to supply our S. Schools with books. 
We also recommend Kind Wokix. as a S. School paper 
worthy the patronage of our S. Schools. 

J. B. STAEKE, Chm'n. 

After discussion the Eeport was adopted. 

At this hour the Association suspended business in 
order to hear Brother Starke in behalf of the S. S. Board 
of the N. 0. Baptist State Convention. At the close of 
Brother Starke's address it was agreed by the Associa- 
tion, to divide the Missionary Col lection of Sunday h& 
fcween State Missions, Foreign Missions and the 3. tP 
Board of the N. C. Baptist State Convention. 



MINUTES. 



The Committee made the following 

Eeport on Temperance. 

"We believe the making or using; as a beverage, of 
anient spirits, to he unscriptural ami sinful ; and. would 
adviso the Churches composing this Association to 
discontinue it in all its forms. Ministers should preach 
against it, showing the evil results that invariably follow 
a cniirsp of intemperance. No minister should be called 
to the Pastorate of a Church unless he is an advocate of 
the principles of temperance in their stringent sense; 
Nor should a minister continue with a chinch as her 
pastor after having faithfully labored, by precept and 
example, to Enforce the principles of temperance* and 
failed. A great deal of the intemperance nww pn vafeut 
in the country might have been avoided had the mi his try 
been as faithful in rebuking the evil as God's word re- 
quires then to be. ' J W. MORGAN, Chni'n. 

On motion the report was adopted. 

The following resolution, by brother T. P. Hemphill 
TV'as unanimously adopted. 

Appreciating the advantages to be derived from a good 
religious newspaper Therefore Unsolved That we heartily 
recommend to the brethren ?nd churches, as worthy of 
their cheerful support the ''Biblical Recokdkr,'' publish- 
ed at Raleigh N.'C. by J H Mi'ls, at $2 a year, a firm 
and staunch defender of the faith, and a convenient 
means of communication amongst the brethren, and 
eminently qualified to lend efficient aid in the work of 
the church'. 

We also recommend the Home and Foreign Journal, 
the organ of the Southern Baptist. Convention. Ti-o 
KktfGioos" Herald, at Richmond, Va., and the Mace- 
donian and Record at New York, are papers worthy the 
patronage of our denomination. First take the Recorder 
and then subscribe for the others. 

T. P. HEMPHILL 

The Committee on Finance reported $31.30 as sent up 
hj the Churches for printing Minutes. 

Ordered that the Clerk superintend the printing and 
distribution of as many copies of the Minutes as t.h'sa 
money on hand will pay for, after -reserving $6.00 for ais 
services. 



tO MTNUTES, 



Agreed that the n«xt session of this body be held witfe 
the Round Hill chuieh, 10 miles north of Ruther ford toil, 
N. C, commencing oil Friday before the first Lord's day 
in October, 1<S72 

Elder T. B. -1 ustiee to preach t!ie next int r oductorjr 
sermon. VV. II. Logan, alternate. 

Elected Elders J. Williams, J P. Starke and G. W, 
Rollins to preach on Lord's day in the order of their 
Barnes, the second sermun to be followed by a collection 
for Missions, 

At the request of the Shiloh church the following; 
'Query was read and discussed : 

•'When an aggrieved member makes application t» a 
sister church, asking advice as to how his easa may be 
remedied, statirg that he has been unjustly excluded, and 
succeeds in making vhe impression that his case should 
be looked into by suitable persona, what course should 
the church to which the application is made, pursue ? 

Answer. — We consider each church an independent 
body; aiu therefore advi>e the churches in the bound* 
»f this Association to counsel all persons excluded, slh 
represented in the foregoing query, to return to their 
former churches, ami, it possible, make reconciliation. 

Appointed riders T. B. Justice, 13 E. Rollins, W. H- 
Logan, 0. B. Justice, and II. D. Harrill, delegates to th« 
N. 0. Baptist IState i onvention. 

Adopted tha following Resolution : 

Itctolvtol, 'I hat the Churches be requested to state is 
their letters to the Association each year, the amount ©f 
their pastor's salary, and that the same be published in 
the Minutes. 

Elder J. F. Pendergrass presented the claims of the 
Marion Church and asked for assistance to enable them 
to build a house of worship, feeveral brethren gave Lisa* 
their subscriptions. 

The usual resolution of thanks for hospitality waa 
adopted, and the Association adjourned, to meet at 
Round Hill on Friday before the first Lord's day im 
October 1873. While a parting Hymn was being sung; 
the Association took the parting hand. Prayer by th# 
Moderator. T. B. JUSTICE, Mod. 

C. B. Justice, Clerk. 



11 



Lists of Ordained Ministers and their 
Post Offices. 



J. C Grayson, Bridg* water, N. G. 

L. McOukrt. Dysartarille, " 

J. R. Dexton. * «• " 

J. K. Prndergkass. Marion, " 

W. II Li»an, Grassy Knob, 4i 

T. B. Justice, Rutherfordton, " 
E L. Taylor, 

C B. Justice, " " 

A. O. Lynci*, Grassy Knob, " 

B. E Rollins, First Broad " 
W IIarrill, Burnt Chimner, " 
H. D EiAKRItL, s' " ' u 

A. McMahan, Carpenter's Store, " 
J. Wilkie, Rutherfordton, " 

H. CULBKEATH. " " 

LICENTIATES. 

J. T. McFaddex, Rutherfordton, N. C. 

F. C. Hamkick, " " 

B. F. Harkill, Burnt Chimney, " 



LORDS DAY OCT. 6TH. 
Elder J. Williams preached at 10 o'clock, A. M M 
Elder J. B. Starke, at 11, A. M., and Klder G. W. Rol- 
lins, at 2 ©'cluck, P. M. After the second sermon a e«l- 
lectioa was taken up for missions, amounting; to $20. 

C B. JUSTICE, Clerk. 



ST^VTISTTCA_L TABLE. 




CHURCHES. 

Head First Broad, 
Mount Vernon, 
Cane Ci'eek. 
Mt. Zion, 
Mt. Lebanon, 
Shiloah, 
Cool Springs, 
White Oak, 
Rock Springs, 
Mt. Pleasant, 
Pleasant Hill, 
Bethel, 

Ha mony Grove, 
Mountain Creek, 
Bill's Creek, 
Montford's Cove, 
Silver Creek, 
Dysartsville. 
Camp Creek, 
Zion Hill, 
Cooper's Gap, 
Marion, 
Bethlehem, 
Round Hill, 
Rutherfordton, 
Cherry Springs, 
Floydsj Creek, 
Pinev Knob. 




W. H. Logan, 
B. E. Rollins, 
L. McCurry, 

B. E. Rollins, 
A McMahan, 
T. B Justice, 
J. M. Williams 
E. L. Taylor, 
W Harriil; 

C. B. Justice, 
L. McCurry, 

(not represented) 
C. B. Justice, 
W. H. Logan, 
W H. Logan, 
T. B Justice, 
L. Mo'Jurry, 

B. E. Rollins, 

J. F. Pendergrass, 
W. H. Logan, 
J. F Pendergiass, 
W. J. Wilkie, 
G. W. Rollins, 
T B & C B Justic© 
W. J. Wilkie, 

C. B. Justice, 
W. H. Logan. 


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First Broad, 
R'utherfo niton, 

Patton's Home, 
Johnson, 
Logan's Store, 
Rutherfordton, 
Burnt Chimney, 
Mill's Springs. 
Grassy Knob, 
Webb's Ford. 
Rutherfordton, 
NVialsville. 
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f>ree» Hill, 
Chimney Rock, 
Otter Creek, 
Mill's Spring, 
Dysartsville, 

Marion, 

Mill's Spring, 
Marion, 
Catawba Vale, 
Cuba, 

Rutherfordton, 
Old Fort, 
Carpenter's Store, 
Green Hill. 


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MINUTES 



OF THE 



THIRTY-FIFTH SESSION 



OF THE 



HELD WITH 



ROUND HILL CHURCH, 



RUTHERFORD CO., K C, 



OCTOBER 3, 4 & 5, 1873. 



RALEIGH: 

EDWARDS, BROUGHTON & CO., PRINTERS AND BINDERS. 

1873. 



PROCEEDINGS. 



The Green Rivek Baptist Association convened October 
3rd, 1873, witli the Round Hill Church, Rutherford county. 
N. C. The introductory sermon was preached by Elder C. 
B. Justice, from Ephesians 6 : 18. 

After a recess of forty minutes, the delegates assembled in 
the house. 

Prayer by the Moderator. 

Appointed J. W. Morgan and Win. M. Justice, reading 
clerks, and read letters from the churches, and enrolled dele- 
gates' names, as follows : 

Head First Broad — B. E. Rollins, J. M. Made, Wm, Grayson. 

Mi. Vernor^-B.. B. Willson, N. J. Rollins. 

Cane Creek— -E. Walker, G. W. Guffy. 

ML Zion—J. T. Price. 

Mi. Lebenon—L. L. Deck, M. D. Willson. 

Shiloh—M. C. Page, J. E. Henry. 

Cool Springs — G. T. Bostic, B. F. Harril. 

White Oak — 0. I. Nelson. 

Rock Springs — J. Whiteside, J. C. Whiteside. 

Mt. Pleasant— A.. McMahan, A. Tate, W. C. Toms. 

Pleasant Hill— J. T. McFaddin, D. D. Walker, 0. P. Taylor. 

Bethel— J. H. Morris, S. Poteet. 

Harmony Grove — J. C. Grayson, B. P. Simmons. 

Mountain (jreek — W. Spangler, N. E. Walker, J. W. Lewis. 

Bill's Creek — W. H. Logan, W. Henderson. 

Montford's Cove — J. W. Morgan, T. P. Hemphill. 

Silver Creek — J. Jackson, W. M. Justice. 

Dysartsville — P. P. Price, J. R. Denton, W. Blanton. 

Camp Creek — Jesse Lane, T. G. Johnson. 

Zion Hill — J. F. Pendergrass, R. Odom. 

Cooper's Gap — E. M. Gibbs, M. R. Latter, H. K. Carn, Ambrose Jackson. 

Marion — T. F. Hawkins, A. E. Berry, J. H. Duncan. 

Bethlehem— G. R. Morgan, W. H. Gillam. 

Round Hill—K. O. Ledbetter, R. S. Callahan. 

Rutherfordton — T. B. Justice, C. B. Justice, Wm. 0. Wallace, M. H. Justice. 

Cherry Springs — O. Moore, J. Kceter. 

Floyd's Creek — A. D. Davidson, R. R. Haynes. 

Piney Knobb — H. P. I/ynch, S. C. Keeter. 

A ballot for officers resulted in the election of J. C. Grayson, 
Moderator, and C. B. Justice, Clerk. 

On motion, adopted for the evening the order of business 
on Friday evening of last session. 

Called for corresponding messengers from sister Associa- 
tions, and received : 



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From mug's Mountain— YMevsQ. W. Rollins, G. M. Webb 
and A. McSwain. 

Invited visiting ministers to seats with the body. 

Invitation accepted by Elder T. II . Mnlinax, of the Broad 
River Association, and Elder J. D. Hufham, Corresponding 
Secretary of the North Carolina Baptist State Convention. 

The Moderator announced the following committees: 

On Finance— W. H. Logan, P. P. Price, W. M. J ustice. 

On Temperance— -M. H. Justice, L. L. Deck, J. Jackson. 

On Sabbath Schools— T. B. Justice, J. C. Whiteside, A. 
McMahan. 

On Religious Exercise- H. B. Willson, G. T. Bastic and 
W. O. Wallace, with the Pastor and Deacons of Round Hill 
church. 

To arrange Business for the Asssociation — "W. H. Logan, 
J. W. Morgan, and It. O. Ledbetter, with the Moderator and 
Clerk. 

Adjourned to meet at 9 o'clock A. M. to-morrow, and spend 
thirty minutes in devotional exercise. Prayer by the Mod- 
erator. 



Saturday, Oct. 4th— 9 o'clock A. M. 

Tne Association met, and after spending thirty minutes in 
devotional exercise, proceeded to business. 

The committee appointed to arrange business for the Asso- 
ciation, submitted their report and were discharged. 

The Clerk read the proceedings of yesterday, and called the 
roll of delegates' names. 

Read Abstract of Principles and Rules of Order. 

Appointed the following correspondents : 

To Salem — W. H. Logan, T. B Justice. 

To King's Mountain — Which meets at Sandy Run church 
on Friday before the fourth Sunday in September, 1874 — B. 
E. Rollins, C. B. Justice, J. C. Grayson, L. McCurry, D. D. 
Lattimore, A. D. Davidson, T. B. Justice, R. O. Ledbetter, 
L. L Deck, M. H. Justice. 

To Broad River — T. B. Justice, A. D. Davidson, H. C. 
Davis, J. C. Henry, C. B. Justice. 



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On motion, agreed to suspend, for the present, the corres 
pondence with the Catawba Association. 

The Board of Missions submitted their report, as follows: 

REPORT OF THE MISSION BOARD OF THE GREEN RIVER BAPTIST 

ASSOCIATION. 

Your Board was unable to hold a meeting until January 6th, 1873, at which 
time they met, Elders T. B. Justice, H. D. Harril, C. B. Justice and Bro. J. 
W. Lewis being present, and proceeded to organize by appointing T. B. Justice 
President, C. B. Justice Secretary, and H. D. Harril Treasurer. We then pro- 
ceeded to appoint Missionary Committees, as per order of the Association, in 
the different churches, as follows: 

Head First Broad — B. E. Rollins, M. Melton, W. Fortune. 

ML Vernon— -N. J. Rollins, H. B. Willson, T. Bland. 

Cane Creek— -R. K. Wilson, J. T. Long. G. W. Guffy. 

Mi. Zion—D. D. Lattiraore, Tilford Price, S.' J. Weaver. 

ML Lebanon— L. L. Deck, A. E. Wilson, B. W. Tonev. 

Shiloh—F. C. Hamrick, T. C. Page, J. E. Henry. 

Cool Spring — W. Harril, G. T. Bostick, J. G. Mc Arthur. 

White Oak—O. J. Nelson, J. Walker, W. Splawn. 

Rock Springs — A. 0. Lynch, E. L. Taylor, R. Whiteside. 

ML Pleasant— A. M. McMahan, T. Toms, W. S. Hill. 

Pleasant Hill— J. T. McFaddin, O. Taylor, B. Hill. 

Bethel — J. H. Morris, G. Kaylor, J. B. Grayson. 

Mountain Creek — J. T. Lewis, D. W. Geer," Elbert Keeter, Sr. 

Bill's Creek— W. Flinn, Barzilla Ledbetter, J. Taylor. 

Montford's Cove— J. W. Morgan, T. P. Hemphill, J. Hall. 

Silver Creek — G. B. Arlidge, A. E. Jones, Albert Jackson. 

Dysartsville — L. McCurry, J. R. Denton, J. L. McCurry. 

Camp Creek — C. Clement, J. R. Walker, Jr. 

Zion Hill — J. F. Pendergrass. I. H. Reel. 

Cooper's Gap — I. M. Frady, L. Co wart, M. R. Laughter. 

Marioyx — W. D. Justice, T. F. Hawkins, Berry. 

Harmony Grove — J. C. Grayson, B. P. Simmons, G. M. Walton. 

Bethlehem — J. A. Reel, N. Souther, G. R. Morgan. 

Round Hill — R. O. Ledbetter, M. Harris, I. P. Sorrels. 

Ruthrfordton—W. 0. Wallace, J. M. Allen, G. M. Whiteside. 

Cherry Springs — 0. Moor, J. B. Coxey, J. Keeter. 

Floyd's Creek— K. T. Carpenter, S. E. Bostick, H. P. Miller. 

Piney Knob— A. B. Haynes, W. B. McEntire, H. P. Lynch. 

The Board then prepared and published an address to the churches and com- 
mittees, asking the committees to bring before their churches the mission work 
and take collections to aid in the same. A copy of the proceedings of the Board 
and of the address were forwarded by mail to each member of the different 
committees. In response to this appeal the Board has heard from fifteen 
churches who report, in the aggregate, contributions amounting to $60.40, as 
will appear from the report of the Treasurer, leaving thirteen, out of the twenty- 
eight churches composing the Association, that have made no response to the 
appeal. There can be but one of two reasons why these churches have been so 
negligent in regard to this matter. Either the churches themselves are covet- 
ous, which the Board is loth to believe, for surely they are not living and 
practicing a sin so grievous. Or else there is a want of faithfulness upon the 
part of pastors in teaching their people aright with reference to christian lib- 
erality. The commission is, " Go into all the world and preach the gospel to 
every creature." If this commission is carried out it will lead to sacrifices and 
efforts upon the part of churches and pastors that will be quite different from 
the practices of the present. It is folly to expect to be able to comply with its 
requirements without an effort. The gospel can be preached in all the world 



only by the united efforts of all God's people. The churches must feel their re- 
sponsibility to such an extent that they will be willing to give, not only their 
little surplus, but to let the riches of their liberality abound in making sacrifices 
for Christ, even such sacrifices as they will feel. Pastors must become so in- 
terested in the work that while they are dispensing the word of life to appre- 
ciating audiences, and feeding the churches on the precious promises of God's 
word, they shall feel constrained to incur, if necessary, the reproach and oppo- 
sition of men, that they may teach and exhort christians to do their full duty in 
giving the word of life to a perishing world. A church, in its liberality and 
discipline, is generally what its pastor makes it, and where the pastor preaches 
to and instructs his churches aright with reference to this work they are gen- 
erally found ready to make liberal responses to every call for means with which 
to prosecute the work. But, where the pastor fails to preach to and instruct 
his people upon the duty of churches to contribute of their substance for the 
spread of the gospel, or fails to lay an example of christian liberality before 
them, they are generally lukewarm on the subject. Your Board would there- 
fore urge upon pastors the importance of teaching their churches aright on this 
subject. Preach to them the Bible doctrine of christian benevolence and re- 
sponsibility, and if they fail to do their duty, let the blame attach to them and 
not to the pastors. Let the churches search the scriptures prayerfully, that 
they may know their duty, and knowing it let them fear, lest if they neglect it 
the displeasure of God shall rest upon them. 

While so many of the churches have done nothing as yet to send out the 
herald of the cross to cheer the dark regions of our own and other countries, 
yet your Board feels encouraged to press forward and strive to increase the 
interest of the churches in the work. We feel that much has been 
accomplished ; a start has been made ; a foundation has been laid ; some of the 
churches have been induced to take hold of the work, and we feel that with the 
proper efforts very soon all the churches can be brought into harmonious co- 
operation with the Baptist State Uonvention in this great work. 

If some zealous brother could be induced to visit all the churches in the Asso- 
ciation and urge upon them the importance of the work, inducing them to 
adopt some systematic plan of benevolence and to make stated and regular con- 
tributions for Home and Foreign Missions, it would perhaps result in as much 
good as any course that could be taken. Would it not be well for the Associa- 
tion to secure the services of some brother, for a short while, to do this work ? 
So soon as the churches give such assurance of pecuniary aid as will justify, 
your Board would advise that a suitable minister be recommended to the Ex- 
ecutive Board of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina for appoint- 
ment to labor as missionary on the heads of Catawba, Broad River, Crooked 
Creek and Swananoa, in McDowell and Buncombe counties, as this is a field 
destitute, to a great extent, of Baptist preaching, and one that promises as rich 
returns for faithful missionary labors as any in the scope of our acquaintance. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

T. B. JUSTICE, Presid't. 

C. B. Justice, Sec'y. 

Pending the adoption of the report, speeches were made by 
various brethren, and a collection amounting to $41.00 was 
taken for Home Missions. 

The Moderator appointed John Whiteside, J. H. Morris, 
and J. T. Price a Committee on Union meetings. 

Elected Elder Q. M. Webb to preach on Sunday at 9 A. M. ; 
Elder J. D. Huf ham at 11 A. M., and Elder GL W. Eollins 
at 2 P. M. Elder Huf ham to preach the missionary sermon. 

Elder J. R. Denton read the report on Missions, as follows : 



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REPORT ON MISSIONS. 

From what we can learn, our State Board of Missions is crippled for want of 
means, and needs relief. 

Foreign Missions have been as successful and prosperous as could be expecr.ed. 

We think each christian should be missionary in spirit, and labor in his or 
her sphere of life, for the accomplishment of good in Christ's cause, and when 
christians have means they ought, to contribute liberally according as G-od has 
prospered them, that the gospel may b<i sent into all the world. 

We recommend that a mission board be appointed by this Association as was 
done last session, and that the same plan be continued another year. 

We wonld be glad to see at least >ne missionary supported by this Associa- 
tion within her own. bounds. 



Respeci fully submitted, 



J. R. DENTON, Chm'n. 



Appointed T. B Justice, fci. D. [larril, W. O Wallace, J. 
W. Morgan, and C. B. Justice a Board of Missions for the 
ensuing year. 

The following report on Temperance, by M. H, Justice, was 
read and adopted : 

REPORT ON TEMPERANCE. 

An essay, a speech, or an article written upon temperance, frequently turns 
out to be a tirade without argument upon intemperance. It is often the case that 
we injure the very cause that we most desire to promote, by showing evidences 
of what is taken to be bad temper in us, and simple attacks without reasons and 
arguments upon temperance, while it may be with the purest motives, some- 
times lead people to believe that we are fanatical upon the subject, and thus we 
weaken the force of our own words and create a false sympathy for what is 
sometimes called men's rights. It is true that oftentimes we feel our patience 
giving way when we see the alarming prevalence of the evil of drunkenness, 
and we are justified in using any means in our power to break down this strong- 
hold of Satan, and this should always be done fearlessly, and in the way to ac- 
complish the most good. And as christians, if we fail to exert our influence 
against this evil, we are just as guilty, as in the neglect of any other known 
duty, and whenever an opportunity offers we should be ready, willing and eager 
to throw our influence unhesitatingly upon the side of right. 

The only very formidable feature of intemperance with which we have to 
contend is the use of intoxicating liquors, and to this particular branch of the 
subject we address ourselves. 

We do not propose to attempt to give the number of deaths, the amount of 
money wasted, or the amount of suffering in the world caused by drunkenness, 
for we imagine that any one will admit that its effects for evil might almost be 
said to be without stint, even the man who makes his daily bread by traffic, in 
whiskey or by distillery, or the miserable victim of their avarice and his own 
appetite is ready to acknowledge that misery and poverty, and want and suffer- 
ing and death in its most awful visitation upon men are its legitimate offspring. 
Seeing then that we have an enemy so dangerous and so formidable, it behooves us 
to take every advantage of him that lies in our power, and to prevent his grasp 
being laid upon those who are now free from him, and to arouse those already 
under his influence to a sense of their danger. 

It is not the influence of the poverty-stricken, despised drunken out-cast that 
we need most to fear, for he has lost the respect of himself and his fellow-men, 
and has but little influence one way or the other, and if his was the only influ- 
ence, perhaps the contempt and loathing generally felt for such characters, 
might deter many from becoming drunkards, if the first step carried them to 
his level, but as we have always heard and know to be self-evident, no man can 



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become a drunkard without taking the first dram ; ever} 7 drunkard has been a 
toper. He goes from the first glass to an occasional glass, then he becomes 
social, then he wants a dram every morning, then he is a confirmed tippler, 
his friends begin to desert him, his money is wasted, his credit gone, then he 
loses the respect of his neighbors, then of himself, then he becomes an outcast 
in the world, and drags out a miserable existence, until by the clank- 
ing of chains and the hissing of serpents he is ushered into that world of dark- 
ness and woe and misery where his torture is complete. During the first stages 
of this career the man of the world is a remarkably dangerous man. Young- 
men yield to his solicitations to drink because he is respectable. Your sons 
are influenced by him because he is your friend. He disarms their fears ; he 
allays all their suspicions by telling them that there can be no harm in a social 
glass. He shears tippling with liquor of all its dangers and removes in an hour 
all the impressions of danger made during a lifetime by the admonitions and 
the example of a father and the prayers and entreaties of a moi her. The young 
man yields and enters upon this road to ruin If this first drink would make 
him beastly drunk it were better for him, but alas, he is enchanted, enticed, by 
syren songs he is charmed, and on he goes the beaten track. If this is the in- 
fluence of a man of the world who makes no pretentions to Christianity, who 
does not by his conduct argue that his course is right and in accordance with 
the Bible, how much greater is the influence uf one professing Christianity, a 
member of the church, who sets this example to ot hers ? By his conduct he pre- 
teuds that this is the way of life, for his professions declare that he is walking 
in that wa} T , and although he may argue to himself that he can do no harm, 
that he never gets drunk, let him remember that he is the servant of an absent 
master who has given him a talent in the way of influence over others and who 
will hold him just as accountable for that influence as for his overt acts, and 
will pronounce him just as guilty, as if he himself had become drunken, if 
through his influence others are led into sin. 

The church of Christ is the instrument for the conversion of the world, and 
if every member of the church would but do his duty the task of reforming the 
world in this respect would become as easy as that of reforming it in any other 
respect. There is a great responsibility upon us. brethren ; we have been un- 
faithful in our duty; Ave have been weak-kneed and faint-hearted, and fearful 
lest we give offence, and have kept our lips closed when we should have spoken. 
These obligations are upon us ; we must meet them ; we need strength from on 
high. Let us look to God for aid and do our duty in this matter. Avoid the 
very appearance of evil, lest you lead another into actual transgression. And 
while men are thus responsible for the influences of their lives in respect to this 
matter, women are perhaps more responsible, for they have more influence. It 
is true that they do not so often exercise that influence for evil and seldom do 
by their example, yet too often they give it countenance aud encouragement, 
hence the importance of instilling a clear view of this subject into the minds of 
your daughters as well, and of impressing upon them the responsibility of the 
influences of their lives. 

Elder W. EL. Logan submitted the report, of the Committee 
on Finance, as follows : 

REPORT ON FINANCE. 

The Committee on Finance report thirty-two dollars and thirty cents, ($32.30) 
as sent up by the churches for printing minutes. We would suggest that the 
Clerk be allowed seven dollars for his services, and have as many minutes 
printed as the remainder of the money will pay for. 

W. H. LOGAN, Chm'n. 

The following report on Sabbath Schools was read by A. L. 
Grayson, and adopted : 



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BEPORT ON SABBATH SCHOOLS. 

From the letters of the churches we find that some of them have flourishing 
Sabbath Schools, while others have made no statements whereby we can ascer- 
tain if they have schools ; if they have none, we would specially urge upon them 
the importance of establishing Sabbath Schools in their churches, for the pur- 
pose of instructing the children in the way they should go, for Solomon says, 
" Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not de- 
part from it." 

In order to induce the children to attend the Sabbath School, and to encour- 
age them in in so doing, we urge that the parents attend with them, and that 
no one should remain at home, idling and sleeping the precious Sabbath hours 
away, as we fear some do, or which is equally criminal, to make the Sabbath a 
day of visiting, while the children are in many instances, exposed to various 
temptations, calculated to lead them into vice and immorality. 

The Apostle says, " Let us not sleep as do others, but let us watch and be 
sober." Let us obey the admonition and watch over them while under our 
control. 

We are commanded to keep the Sabbath day holy, and we know of no other 
way more profitable than attending Sabbath School, and imparting and receiv- 
ing moral and religious instruction, which prepare us for the various duties of 
life enjoined upon us by our Creator. 

We have noticed the good which results from Sabbath Schools. That where 
churches have kept up flourishing Schools, revivals of religion have generally 
followed. 

We urge all the churches to persevere and carry forward the noble cause of 
Sabbath Schools. 

When we obey the command of God, He smiles upon us ; when we disobey, 
He frowns upon us. 

" A Sabbath well spent, brings a work of content, 
And prepares us for the changes of to-morrow ; 

But a Sabbath profaned, whatever be gained, 
Is a certain forerunner of sorrow." 

T. B. JUSTICE, Chm'n. 

Adopted the following resolutions on Periodicals : 

Resolved. That we recommend to the members of our churches the Biblical 
Recorder, as every way worthy of their support, and that we earnestly counsel 
them to take it whenever they are able to pay for it. 

Resolved, That we also recommend the Home and Foreign Journal and Kind 
Words, the missionary and Sunday School papers of the Southern Baptist Con- 
vention. 

The Committee on Union Meetings made their report, ap- 
pointing the next Union Meeting with the Rock Springs 
Church, to convene on Friday before the fourth Lord's day in 
July, 1874. 

Appointed Elders J. C. Grayson, B. E. Rollins, C. B. Jus- 
tice and J. T McFaddin to attend it. 

Appointed the next meeting of the Association with the 
Cool Springs Church, five miles east of Rutherfordton, to con- 
vene on Friday before the first Lord's day in October, 1874. 

Elected Elder B. E. Rollins to preach the next introductory 
sermon, and Elder J. C. Grayson, alternate. 



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Whereas, The church at Ronncl Hill and the Mends in the vicinity of the 
same have shown great kindness in sustaining the body during its session; 
therefore, 

Resolved, That the thanks of the Association are hereby tendered them for 
their generous hospitality. 

J. W. MORGAN. 



The Treasurer of the Mission Board submitted the following 
report, which was adopted, and M. [I. Justice, W. O. Wallace 
ayson appointed to audit the same : 



and A. L. G 



REPORT OF TREASURER OF MISSION BOARD. 
H. D. Harril in account with Mission Board of Green River Baptist Association. 



1873. 1 


Io amount received of Mt. Lebanon Church. 
'« Pleasant Hill " 
" Mt. Pleasant 
" Floyd's Creek " 
u ghjioh 

" " Head First Bro'd " 

" *' " Cane Creek " 

u " " " Cool Springs " 

" Mt. Zion 
/' " " " Bethel " 
" " " " Rutherfordton " 
" " " " Mountain Creek " 
" " " "■ Montford's Cove " 
" " " " Dysartsville " 
" " " •' Silver Creek " 
ro amount collected on Saturday of the 


Green 


Dr. 1 

$ 3 80 

1 50 

65 

3 10 

1 75 

4 25 

2 00 
2 20 
6 30 

2 55 
14 30 

3 60 

2 25 
9 20 

3 15 

41 00 
27 05 


Cr. 








Oct. 5. 


3y amount paid Elder J. D. Hufham for 


State 




$ 71 30 




3y amount paid Elder J. D. Hufham for 


Home 




Missions 




$ 128 65 


57 35 












$ 128 65 



We certify that we have audited the above account and find it correct. 

W. O. WALLACE, 
M. H. JUSTICE, 
A. L. GRAYSON. 

Appointed H. C. Davis. M. EL Justice, T. P. Hemphill, J. 
W. C. Whiteside, W. M. Justice, J. R. Denton, B. E. Rollins, 
T. B. Justice, J. C. Grayson, C. B. Justice and A. L. Grayson, 
as delegates to the North Carolina Baptist State Convention. 

On motion, adjourned to meet at Cool Springs Church on 
Friday before the first Lord's day in October, 1874. Prayer 
by Elder J. D. Hufham. 

J. C. GRAYSON, MqoJr, 

C. B. Justice, Clerk. 



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On Sunday the stand was occupied by Elders G. M. Webb, 
J. D. Huf ham and G. W. Rollins, who preached to a large 
and orderly congregation. 

The collection for Foreign Missions amounted to $27.05. 

Clerk. 



The Board of Missions met on the 16th of October, 1873, 
and organized by appointing T. B. Justice, President ; C. B. 
Justice, Secretary, and H. D Harril, Treasurer, and after de- 
liberate consideration, proceeded to re-appoint as missionary 
committees for the various churches, the brethren appointed 
by the Board at its meeting the 6th of January, 1873, a list of 
whose names may be found in the report of the Board as pub- 
lished in these minutes. The Board then instructed the Secre- 
tary to call the attention of the churches and committees to 
the work of the missions, and ask that they render such aid as 
they can in the prosecution of the enterprise. While the 
Board feels encouraged by the results of the last year, yet we 
have fallen far short of meeting the demands that are upon us. 
God in his Providence bids us go forward, and has laid upon 
us heavy responsibilities. This is a da} 7 in which we should 
attempt great things for and expect great things of God. Ours 
is the great privilege of taking the Bible into every destitute 
family in America, and into every nation under Heaven. One 
hundred years ago this was not so ; our fathers in Israel did 
their work, but as generations succeed each other, times and 
circumstances change, and so they are different now to what 
they were then. As they change and bring about different 
surroundings, so should we advance and improve in christian 
beneficence and liberality. The fields are already white to 
the harvest ; now is the reaping time ; souls are perishing for 
the bread of life; and shall christians stand idle ? Shall Bap- 
tists, who profess to hold the truth, witness the destruction of 
souls without an effort to save them ? God forbid it ! 

Will not the committees in the different churches make an 
effort to collect all they can for missionary purposes ? Will 
not each church adopt some plan, either take a collection once 
every three months, or once every month, or else organize 
some other judicious plan for a vigorous prosecution of the 
work ? 

The Board feels satisfied that there are brethren in all our 
churches who want to aid in this work of preaching the gos- 
pel to the destitute, and it is hoped that the committees will 
give them an opportunity to make their freewill offerings to 



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the Lord. Ask your pastors to preach a sermon on the sub- 
ject, and then take a collection for Home and Foreign Missions. 

Remember that every dollar that you contribute goes direct- 
ly to aid in the spread of the gospel ; your Board works for 
nothing. 

Please take collections and forward the amounts to Elder 
H. D. Harril, Burnt Chimney Post-office, N. C, or to C. B. 
Justice," Secretary, Rutherford ton, N. C, either of whom will 
receipt the churches for the amount contributed and forward 
it to its proper destination. 

Yours in Christ, 

C. B. JUSTICE, Sec'y. 



LIST OF ORDAINED MINISTERS. 



J. C. Grayson, 

B. E. Rollins, 

C. B. Justice, 

F. C, H.AMRICK. 

A. O. Lynch, 



L. McCurry, 

W. Harril, 

A. M. McMahan, 

J. WlLlvEY, 

J. T. McFaddin, 



J. R. Denton, 
EL D. Harril, 
E. L. Taylor, 
T. B. Justice, 
W. H. Logan. 



LICENSED MINISTERS. 
B. F. Harril, A. D. Davidson, E. Gibbs. 



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RALEIGH: 

•EDWARDS, BROUGHTON A CO., PRINTERS AND RINDERS. 

October, 1874. 



OF THE 



THIBTf-SlXTH ANHOAL SESSION 



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Cool Spring, Rutherford Co., N. ft, 



OCTOBER 2-4 ? 1874 



EALEIGH : 

EDWARDS, BROTJGHTON & CO., PRINTERS AND BINDERS. 

October, 1874. 



List of Ministers. 



J. C. Grayson, 


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D. B. F. Harrell, 


E. GlBB, 






J. H. Taylor, 


F. M. Freeman. 





PROCEEDINGS, 



Friday, Oct. 2nd, 1874. 

The Green River Association convened, this day, with the 
church at Cool Spring. 

The Introductory Sermon was preached by Elder B. E. 
Rollins. Text : Rev. 2 : 17. 

The delegates assembled in the house after an intermis- 
sion of forty minutes. 

Elder L. McCurry was elected Moderator, pro tern,., and 
conducted devotional exercises. 

J. W. Morgan and W. M. Blanton were appointed assist- 
ant clerks. 

The church letters were read and the delegates enrolled 
as follows : 

Bead First Broad— B. E. Boiling, W. G. Grayson, J. M. Milton, Jr. 

Mount Vernon — H. B. Wilson, N. J. Rollins. 

Mount Zioh — D. D. Lattimore, J. T. Price. 

Gane Greek— R. K. Wilson, G. W. Guffy. 

Mount Lebanon — L. L. Deck, M. D. Wilson. 

SMloh—J. Wilkie, F. C. Hamriok, T. C. Page, B. Hamrick. 

Cool Spring— Elders W. Harrell, H. D. Harrell, and Jas. Goode andD. B. F. 
Harrell. 

White Oak—O. J; Nelson, T. D. Garrett. 

Bock Spring— W. H. Rucker, T. C. Elliott. 

Mount Pleasant— A. MoMahan, B. McMahan, W. S. Hill 

'Pleasant Hill—O. P. Taylor, D. D- Walker. 

Bethel— J. H. Morris, J. A. Byrd. 

Harmony Grove— A H. Simmons, D. H. Simmons. 

Mountain Greek — E. W. S. Keeter, Wm. Spangler* 

Montford's Gove— J. W. Morgan, T. P. Hemphill. 

Silver Creek — W. M. Justice. 

BilVs Greek— W. H. Logan, W. Flinn, J. H. Taylor, J. Jackson. T. M. 
Frady. 

Bysartsville — L. McCurry, W. M. Blanton. B B. Price. 



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Camp Creek — J. B. Walker, G. Johnson. 

Zion Hill—i. F. Pendergrass, W. C. Wall, S. Turner. 

Marion — T. F. Hawkins, J. S. Poteat. 

Cooper's Gap—E. M. Gibbs, M. E. Laughter, H. K. Corn, W. L. Mills. 

Bethlehem — W. C. Hogan, M. C. Jones. 

Round Hill—R. V. Ledbetter, I. P. Sorrel. 

Rutherfordton — A. J. Scoggin, T. B. Justice, C. B. Justice, A. L. Grayson. 

Cherry Springs — B. H. Moore, J. Keeter. 

Floyd's Creek — S. Bostick, K. T. Carpenter, A. D. Davidson. 

Piny Knob— H. P. Lynch, W. B. Wilson. 

The ballot for officers resulted as follows : 

Moderator— Elder T. B Justice. 

Clerk— Elder H. D. Harrell. 

A body worshiping at Montford's Cove, formerly connect- 
ed with the anti-mission Baptists, applied for admission 
into the Association. 

On motion, the application was referred to a Committee 
consisting of Elders W. Hill, G. M. Webb and T. Dixon. 

The church at Stone Mountain, recently organized, was 
admitted to membership, and the delegates, J. M. Gilbert 
and J. R. Smith, received the right hand of fellowship from 
the Moderator. 

The following brethren appeared as Corresponding Dele- 
gates from Sister Associations : 

From King's Mountain, B. H. Bridges, A. C. Dixon, and 
Elders Hill, Dixon, Webb, Yarboro, R. Poston, A. A. Mc- 
Swain and G. W. Rollins. Broad River, K. Watkins. 

Elders J. D. Hufham and D. Pannell were invited to 
seats as visiting ministers. 

The Moderator announced the following Committees: 

On Finance— K. B. Wilson, D. D. Lattimore and J. M. Frady. 
On Temperance— L. L. Deck, E. K. Wilson and M. K. Laughter. 
On Sabbath Schools— -Elder B. E. Eollins, B. V. Ledbetter and B. B. Price. 
On Order of Business — Elder W. H. Logan, J. T. Price and William 
Backer. 

On motion, adjourned to meet at 9, A. M., to-morrow, and 
spend a half hour in special prayer to God that more min- 






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isters may be sent forth to labor within the limits of the 
Association. 



SECOND DAY. 

Devotional exercises were conducted by Elder J. D. Huf- 
ham. 

Remarks were made by Elders Hill and T. B. Justice. 

The Committee on Order of Business submitted a report 
which was adopted. 

The proceedings were read. 

The roll was called. 

The declaration of principles and the Rules of Order 
were read. 

Corresponding Delegates were appointed as follows : 

King's Mountain Association — D. D. Lattimore, L. L. 
Deck, T. C. Page, A. J. Scoggin and D. B. F. Harrell, with 
Elders C. B. Justice, B. E. Rollins, H. D. Harrell, T. B. Jus- 
tice and A. D. Davidson. 

Broad River — J. W. Davis, with Elders A. McMahan, 
T. B. Justice and A. D. Davidson. 

Salem— J. Jackson and J. M. Frady, with Elders T. B. 
Justice and J. F. Pendergrass. 

On motion, it was agreed to hold the next union meeting 
with the church at Marion, commencing on Friday before 
the third Sabbath in May, 1875. 

Elders Davidson, McCurry, Grayson, T. B. Justice, C. B. 
Justice and B. E. Rollins, were requested to attend. 

The election of preacher for Introductory Sermon, at 
next session of the Association, resulted as follows : 

Principal, Elder C. B. Justice ; Alternate, Elder W. H. 
Logan. 

On motion, agreed to hold the next session of the Asso- 
ciation with the church at Bill's Creek, commencing on 
Friday before the first Sunday in October, 1875. 

Adjourned for fifty minutes. 



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AFTERNOON SESSION. 

The report of the Committee on Sabbath Schools was 
submitted as follows : 

EEPOET ON SABBATH SCHOOLS. 

The church letters indicate that a majority of our churches have Sabbath 
Schools. We would be gratified if we could say this of all of thern. The 
children should receive moral and religious culture, and in no place can this 
be given better than in the Sabbath School. To have a good school the 
whole church should be interested in it. This brings out the children in full 
force and enlists the whole community. 

W T e are of opinion that more attention ought to be given to this depart- 
ment of christian labor. Wherever we find a good Sabbath School we are 
apt to find a flourishing and liberal church. We therefore suggest that the 
letters, at our next session, should show a Sabbath School in every church. 

B. E. ROLLINS, Chm'n. 

Addresses were delivered by Elders T. B. Justice and J. 
D. Hufham, and the report was adopted. 

The report of the Board of Missions was read as follows : 

EEPOET ON MISSIONS. 

Your Board organized on the 16th of October, 1873, by appointing the fol- 
lowing officers : President, Elder T. B. Justice ; Treasurer, Elder H. D. Har- 
rell ; Secretary, Elder C. B. Justice. 

Committees for each church, in the Association, were appointed as will apr< 
pear by reference to the minutes of last year. In response to the appeal sent 
out by us we have received $32.00. The particulars are given in the report 
of the Treasurer, which is herewith submitted. 

We recommend that a Board of Missions and Sunday Schools be appointed 
for the ensuing year, and that they be instructed to use all diligence in ad- 
vancing the great interests entrusted to them. 

C. B. JUSTICE, Secretary. 

On motion, the report was adopted, and the Board was 
re-appointed. 



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REPORT OF TREASURER OF BOARD. 



H. D. HARRELL, Treasurer, 

In account with the Green Rives Association. 

To amount received of Piny Knob Church $ 4 50 

" " Camp Greek Church 40 

" '• Mt. Lebanon Church 2 00 

" " Silver Creek Church 6 35 

" " Mountain Creek Church 140 

" " Floyd's Creek Church 2 45 

" " Rutherfordton Church 6 50 

" " Montford's Cove Church 2 45 

" " Cane Creek Church 2 00 

" " Mt. Vernon Church 100 

" " Dysartsville Church 2 95 

Collected in Association 24 65 

" onLord'sDay 32 25 



By 



amount paid J. D. Hufham for State Missions .$42 35 

" , " . u " " Foreign Missions 46 55 



90 



$88 90 



We certify that we have audited the above account and find it correct. 



A. L. GRAYSON,) 
t ivr Tmvrs L 



J. M. TOMS, 
A. J. SCOGGIN, 



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Committee. 



A. J. Scoggins, J. M. Toms and A. L. Grayson were ap- 
pointed to audit the Treasurer's report. 
The fallowing resolutions were adopted : 



ON PERIODICALS. 



Whereas, The Scriptures teach us that growth in grace is intimately con- 
nected with and dependent on growth in knowledge, and 

Whereas, The Biblical Recorder, our denominational organ for the State, 
affords a convenient and efficient help for the understanding and the interpre- 
tation of the Word of God, and stimulates our zeal and activity by showing 
us the progress of the Lord's cause and bringing before us the needs of des- 
titute fields, and increases the general intelligence of its readers by giving 
them a view of what is passing in different parts of the earth, therefore, 

Resolved, That we commend the Biblical Recorder to the consideration of 
the pastors of this body, urging them to take it themselves and to use their 
influence in extending its circulation among their churches. 



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Resolved, That we commend the Recorder to our church members, advising 
them to take it for their own benefit and especially for the sake of their 
families. 

B. E. ROLLINS. 

ON EDUCATION. 

Whereas, The education of the youth of our land is a matter of prime im- 
portance to us as christians and patriots ; and 

Whereas, Schools are necessary to the diffusion of knowledge and the suc- 
cessful prosecution of the great work of education, therefore 

Resolved, That we hail with pleasure the multiplication of good schools in 
our country. 

Resolved, That we have heard with pleasure that it is in contemplation to 
establish a school of high character at Burnt Chimney ; and that we bespeak 
for it the patronage of the brethren. 

Resolced, That we cordially sympathize with the efforts of the brethren to 
endow our college at Wake Forest ; and that we especially commend and en- 
courage the efforts of our State Board of Education to give the best possible 
intellectual training to our young ministers. 

ON BASIS OF REPEESENTATION. 

Resolved, That hereafter each church of fifty members or less, be allowed 
to send two delegates to this body ; and also one delegate for each additional 
fifty members. 

CIRCULAR LETTER. 

Resolved, That a brother be appointed to prepare a circular letter on com- 
munion, and read it before the next session of this body. 

On motion, Elder 0. B. Justice was appointed to write the 
circular. 

The following were appointed delegates to the Baptist 
State Convention of North Carolina : 

B. E. Rollins, W. H. Logan, A. D. Davidson, H. D. Har- 
rell, D. B. F. Harrell, C. B. Justice, A. McMahan, B. B. Price, 
T. S. Elliott, T. B. Justice, J. A. Taylor and A. L. Grayson. 

The report on Temperance was read and adopted : 

REPORT ON TEMPERANCE. 

There are said to be six hundred thousand drunkards in America, all hav- 



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ing begun their sad career as moderate drinkers. Of this number sixty thou- 
sand are said to die annually. 

We would say to God's people, "Ye are the salt of the earth. Will you 
save yourselves and others from this fell destroyer ?" 

Temperance is a fruit of the spirit of Christ and is denned to be a total 
abstinence from everything hurtful to us or dishonoring to God, and a mod- 
erate use of things needful to us and the glory of God. We deem it improper 
and sinful for professing christians to use intoxicating liquors as a beverage. 

L. L. DECK, Chm'n. 

The Committee on Finance reported the receipt of $35.90 
for printing. They recommended that the Clerk's fee be 
seven dollars and that he have as many copies of the min- 
utes printed as the remainder of the money will pay for. 

The report was adopted. 

The Committee on the petition from the anti-mission 
body, at Montford's Cove, submitted a report which was 
adopted : 

REPORT ON THE PETITION. 

Your Committee would call attention to the fact that the church heretofore 
represented and known among the members of this body as the church at 
Montford's Cove, is the only organization at that place recognized by your 
body as a church. We are, therefore, of opinion that the organization now 
seeking admission into our fellowship is illegal and disorderly, and all its acts 
and ordinances invalid ; and we recommend : 

1. That those members of the disorderly body, who were formerly mem- 
bers of the church at Montford's Cove, seek restoration to the fellowship of 
said church according to Gospel usage. 

2. That the other members be received, as other applicants are, by experi- 
ence and baptism. 

WADE HILL, Chm'n. 

The following, offered by R. V. Ledbetter, was adopted : 

Resolved, That the thanks of this body are due and are hereby tendered to 
the members of the church at Cool Spring and the citizens of the community 
for their generous hospitality during our present session. 

On motion, adjourned. Prayer by Elder T. Dixon. 
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SABBATH. 

At 11 o'clock, A. M. ? the Missionary Sermon was preach- 
ed, at the stand, from Rev. xxii : 17. Collection for Foreign 
Missions, $32.25. 

At 2 o'clock, P. M., Elder W. Hill preached from Acts 
xiv:22. 



APPENDIX. 

PROCEEDINGS OF BOARD OF MISSIONS. 

October 5th, 1874. 

The Board of Missions met this day at the office of C. B. 
Justice. 

Members present : T. B. Justice, President ; H. D. Harrell, 
Treasurer ; C. B. Justice, Secretary ; and W. 0. Wallace. 

Appointed T. B. Justice, H. D. Harrell and C. B. Justice to 
visit the churches in the Association during the fall and 
winter, and present the cause of Sunday Schools and Mis- 
sions ; and introduce (if possible) some systematic plan of 
benevolence, and also organize a Sunday School in every 
church where it is at all practicable. 

Agreed to recommend Elder W. J. Wilkie to the Board 
of State Missions for appointment as Missionary to labor in 
that part of Henderson, McDowell and Burke Counties, 
east of the top of the Blue Ridge, south of Lynville River, 
west of Morganton, and north of the Hickory Nut Road, at 
a salary of four hundred dollars a year. 

Adjourned to meet at the call of the President. 

T. B. JUSTICE, President. 

C. B. Justice, Secretary. 



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Bill's Creek, Rutherford Co., N. C, 

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October 1st, 2d and 3d, 1875. 



RALEIGH: 

EDWARDS, BROUGHTON & CO., PRINTERS & BINDERS, 

1875. 



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MINUTES 



OF THE 



THIRTY-SEVENTH ANNUAL SESSION 



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HELD WITH 



Bill's Creek Church, Rutherford Co., 1ST. C. 



October 1st, 2d and 3d, (875. 



RALEIGH: 

EDWARDS, BROUGHTON & CO., PRINTERS & BINDERS, 

1875. 



BOARD OF MISSIONS, 

Located at PLuth.erford.toii. 

T. B. Justice, President. H. D. Harrel, Treasurer 

C. B. Justice, Secretary, W. 0. Wallace, 

J. W. Morgan. 



LIST OF MINISTERS. 



J. C. Grayson, 

B. E. Rollins, 

C. B. Justice, 
F. C. Hamrick, 
A. 0. Lynch, 
L. M. Curry, 
W. Harrel, 

A. M. McMahan. 
H. D. Harrel, 
J. Wilkie, 
J. T. McFaddin, 
J. R. Denton, 
E. L. Taylor, 
T. B. Justice, 
W. H. Logan, 
A. D. Davidson, 
J. F. Pendergrass, 
J. H. Taylor, 



Bridgewater, 
First Broad, 
Rutherfordton, 

Green Hill, 
Dysartsville, 
Burnt Chimney 



Rutherfordton, 

Dysartsville, 
Rutherfordton, 
Mill's Springs, 
Chimney Rock 
Hicksville, 
Marion, 
Otter Creek, 



North Carolina. 



LICENTIATES. 



D. B. F. Harrel, 



F, M. Freeman. 



PROCEEDINGS. 



Friday Morning, October 1st, 1875. 

The Green Elver Association convened this day with the 
€hurch at Bill's Creek. 

The Introductory Sermon was preached by Elder C. B. 
Justice. Text : Ephes. 6:13. 

After an intermission of thirty minutes the delegates as- 
sembled in the house. 

Elder T. B. Justice, former Moderator, called the body to 
order and led in devotional exercises. 

J. W. Morgan and M. H. Justice were appointed Assistant 
Clerks. 

The Church Letters were read and delegates names en- 
rolled as follows : 

Head First Broad— B. E Rollins, J. M. Milton, W. G. Grayson, E. 
Whisnant. 

Mount Vernon — H. B. Wilson, N. J. Rollins, J. G. Logan. 

Mount Zion — K. J. Crow, W. M. Packard. 

Cane Creek— R. K. Wilson, E. Walker. 

Mount Lebanon — M. D. Wilson, J. Scoggin, A. E. Wilson. 

Shiloh — J. E. Henry, B Hamrick. 

Cool Spring— H. D. Harril, J. Yi. Davis, M. J. Harril. 

White Oak—W. Splawn. 

Rock Spring— J. C. Whiteside, T. R. Egerton, E. L. Taylor, A. O. Lynch. 

Mount Pleasant — A. McMahan, B. Toms. 

Pleasant IMl—V. D. Walker. C. W. Owens. 

Bethel— B. C. Bright J. A. Bird, E. L. Morris. 

Harmony Grove — J. C. Grayson, A, H. Simmons. 

Mountain Creek — N. C. Lovelace, R. P. Geer, W. N. Spangler. 

Montford's Cove — J. Hall, J. W. Morgan. 

Silver Creek — J. M. Hamilton, E. Jackson. 

Bill's Creek— W. H. Logan, J. Taylor, W. Flinn, J. H. Taylor, J. Jack- 
son, W. Henderson, N. E. Walker. 

DysartsviUe — No delegation. 

Camp Creek — C. Clements, M. E. Norvell. 

Zlon Hill—R. S. Odum. 

Marion— T. F. Hawkins. 

Cooper's Gap—M. R. Laughter, J. Rupp, L. Cowart, T. J. Cowart, H. K. 
Corn. 

Bethlehem— W '. C. Hogan, E. M. Morgan, 

Bound Hill—L. L. Deck, Jason Flack. 

Butherfordf.o?i—T. B. Justice, C. B. Justice, J. H. Smith, M. H. Justice. 

Cherry Springs — J. B. Coxey, W. M. Ross. 

Floyd's Creek— A. D. Davison J. C. Padgett, 

PineyKnob—W. B. Wilson, H. P. Lynch, A. B. Haynes. 

■Stone Mountain — C. J. Smith, T. J. Greenway 



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The churches at Bald Mountain, Buck Creek, Cove Creek 
and Green River, recently organized, were admitted to mem- 
bership, and their delegates received the right hand of fel- 
lowship from the Moderator, as follows : 

Bald Mountain — A. W. Searcy, W. B. Searcy. 
Buck Greek — A. Silvers. 
Cove Creek— J. W. Metcalf, J. A. Wilkerson. 
Green River — J. M. Hester, T. C. Page. 

Elected officers as follows : 

Elder J. C. Grayson, Moderator, and C. B. Justice, Clerk. 

Received as Corresponding Delegates from sister Associa- 
tions : 

Eiders W. Hill, T. Dixon and G. W. Rollins from the 
King's Mountain Association ; Elders N. Bowen and W. J. 
Wilkie, from Salem. 

And as visiting brethren : Elder J B. Richardson, Cor. 
Sec. of Baptist State Convention of N. C. ; Elder J. D. Iifmf- 
ham, editor of the Biblical Recorder, and Elder J. H. Yar- 
boro', of the King's Mountain Association. 

On motion, the Moderator announced the following Com 
mittees : 

On Fi?iance—W. M. Packard, II. B. Wilson and E. L. Morris. 
On Temperance — M. II. Justice, W. .1. Wilkie and J. H. Smith. 
On Sabbath Schools— L. h. Deek, N. C. Lovelace and B. E. Kollins. 
On Order of Business— T. B. Justice, B. E. Rollins and W. H. Logan, 
with the Moderator and Clerk. 

On Foreign Missions— J. D. Huf ham, J. W. Morgan and W. Hill. 

On State Missions — J. B. Richardson and C. B. Justice. 

On Eelkrhus Exercise* — The Pastor and Deacons of Bill's Creek Church'. 

On motion, adjourned to meet at 9 § o'clock, A. M., to- 
morrow. 

Prayer by Elder N. Bowen. 



Saturday Morning, October 2nd, 1875. 

Prayer by Elder T. Dixon. 

The Committee on Order of Business submitted a report 
which was adopted. 
Read the proceedings of yesterday and called the roll. 
The Rules of Order were read. 
Corresponding Delegates were appointed as follows : 

King's Mountain Association — Elders T. B. Justice, H. D. Harril, J: C 



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Grayson, C. B. Justice, B. E. Rollins, W. H. Logan, A.. D. Davidson and 
Bro. K. J. Crow. 

Broad Biver — Elders T. B. Justice. A. D. Davidson, W. H. Logan, H. D. 
Harril, A. McMahan and C. B. Justice. 

Sakm— Elders T. B. Justice, W. H. Logan, J. H. Taylor, E. L. Taylor, 
W. Hill, and Brethren J. W. Davis, J. W. Morgan and J. H. Smith. 

The Circular Letter, by 0. B. Justice, was read and adopt- 
ed, and the writer requested to furnish a copy of the same 
to the Biblical- Recorder for publication. 

The report of the Committee on Temperance was read as 
follows : 

REPORT ON TEMPERANCE. 

We hope that we have fallen upon a time in the history of this Associa- 
tion when it is uneecessary to impress upon Baptists the importance of ob- 
serving strict temperance in their lives. Christianity is the main safe guard 
and means of restraint to secure conformity to the principles of the Bible 
in this, as well as in every thing else in regard to the christian life, and, if 
-strict, sound piety be encouraged, and a healthy growth in grace, temper- 
ance in all things necessarily accompanies. 

The only safe method for Christians to keep themselves unspotted from 
the world and maintain their own self esteem and good conscience towards 
God, is to avoid the appearance of evil. 

We recommend to the members of tile churches that total abstinence 
from the use, as a beverage of intoxicating liquors, and from the making 
and sale of the same, is the only way to fully live up to the requirements 
of the Divine law, and to oroperly maintain their christian influence. 

M. H. JUSTICE, Chairman. 

Addresses by Elders Richardson, T. B. Justice, Hill and 
Davidson, and the report was adopted. 

The report of the Committee on Sunday Schools was. sub- 
mitted as follows : 

REPORT ON SABBATH SCHOOLS. 

If we love our country we desire to see it great amongst the nations of 
the earth, safe amidst her greatness and happy in her safety. And who 
needs to be informed that wisdom and knowledge must be the stability of 
her times? Her greatness, safety and happiness all rest on the moral char- 
acter of her population. Whatever elevates this, exalts the nation. Next 
to the labors of an evangelical ministry, the Sunday School has a tendency 
to improve the state of society and the morals of the country. 

We would most earnestly enjoin upon Ministers and Superintendents of 
Sunday Schools more diligence in this important work. So far as the chil- 
dren are individually concerned, their temporal wants are the lowest object 
of interest; their salvation, the highest and noblest end of all christian 
work. It should be our aim to lead the children to Christ, that they may 
be converted from the error of their ways, and trained up in the fear of 
God and for glory everlasting. This was the object of the great God in 
sending his salvation into the world to the displaying of the glories of the 
divine perfection; the object for which the Son of God veiled his divinity 
in human flesh, was made lower than the angels, tabernacled amidst the 
sorrows of mortality, and closed a life of humiliation on the cross, and for 



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which all the revelations of Heaven, all the dispensations of grace, all thc- 
labors of Prophets, Priests and Apostles were given. 

What then must be the worth of souls? Think of their immortality. 

It is to be regretted that some of the churches have reported no Sabbath 
Schools in their midst. If through the Sabbath School we can be instru- 
mental in the conversion of but one soul, what a grand work! and what 
happiness to ourselves and to others must follow. 

L. L. DECK, Chairman. 

Remarks were made by J. B. Richardson, J. D. Huf ham, 
C. B. Justice and B. E. Rollins, and a collection of $8.50 
taken for the Sunday School Board, and the report adopted. 

The report on Foreign Missions was read as follows :. 

REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. 



Our Saviour's last command, ' ' Go into all the world and preach the gospel 
to every creature," binds every christian to do what he can to send the gos- 
pel to the heathen. If he cannot go himself he can give his prayers and send 
contributions of his substance to sustain the brethren who are now in the 
field preaching the unsearchable riches of Christ to them who are perishing 
for lack of knowledge. That this is our duty admits of no question. We 
need not stop to argue it. 

Our brethren have gone from among us to labor for the salvation of the 
heathen. God is blessing their labors. Churches have been established. 
Congregations are increasing, and year by year our Foreign Missionaries ar© 
baptizing more converts than the average Pastor or Missionary at home. In 
addition to all this, new fields white uuto the harvest, are opening before 
them and inviting them to enter and occupy. In the face of all this, the Sec- 
retary of our Foreign Mission Board informs us that he is in pressing need 
of funds to carry on the work. Indeed he has asked through the public press 
whether the Missionaries are to be recalled for lack of funds to sustain them. 
This is a reproach to us. With our numerical and financial strength we ought 
not only to sustain the laborers now in the field but also to increase the num- 
ber. Let us see that our own part of this work is done. 

J. I); HUFHAM, Chairman. 

On motion, deferred the further consideration of this re- 
port until to-morrow, 11 o'clock, A. M. 

And agreed to observe the day as one of prayer and con- 
tributions to Foreign Missions , in accordance with the re- 
quest of Dr. Tupper. 

The Committee on Finance reported $40.55 sent up by 
the churches for printing minutes, and recommended that 
the Clerk's fee be seven dollars, and that he have as many 
copies of the minutes printed as the remainder of the 
money will pay for. 

The report was adopted. 

Adjourned for one hour. 



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AFTERNOON SESSION. 

REPORT ON STATE MISSIONS. 

As a denomination, we have published to the world that the Bible is our 
guide. We recognize and avow all its precepts and examples. To prove 
the sincerity of oar profession, we should especially obey the last great 
command of our Savior. To do this, we must preach the gospel in every 
destitute section of our own Association and State. As a people, we are 
sufficiently able to do this. Our Association can pay seven Missionaries 
$200 per year by each one of its members giving one cent per week for fifty 
weeks in the year. The destitution all over the State is very great. As a 
denomination, east of the Blue Ridge we can, at rates above given, employ 
not less than two hundred Missionaries in our State. The State Board has 
only seven in its employ — one of them in our own bounds. Brethren, if the 
Lord has thus given us the means, let us go forward in the use of them, 
und do greater things for Jesus than we ever have done. 

J. B. RICHARDSON, Chairman. 

Addresses were made by T. B. Justice and J. B. Richard- 
son, and a collection raised amounting to $44.50, after which, 
the report was adopted. 

The Board of Missions submitted their annual report as 
follows : 

REPOKT OF BOARD OF MISSIONS AND SABBATH SCHOOLS. 

Owing to the financial pressure that has been prevailing through the coun- 
try, your Board has not been able to do as much as it had hoped. At our 
first meeting after your last session, we recommended to the Executive Board 
of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, Eldei W. J. Wilkie's ap- 
pointment as Missionary to labor on the head of Crooked Creek, and Catawba 
and Lynville Rivers. Said Board proceeded to make the appointment, allow- 
ing Bro. Wilkie $400 per year, and obligating themselves to pay $200 of the 
same, leaving $> 200 to be raised by this Association and the field occupied. 
Up to this date Bro. Wilkie reports thirty weeks, or seven months labor, 
during which time he has preached one hundred and twenty sermons, sup- 
plied eight stations, attended twenty-seven prayer-meetings, made two hun- 
dred and twenty-five religious visits, baptized twenty-six, received by letter 
and experience thirty-one, constituted one Church, and collected on his field 
$43.50. We are due him on salary, up to this date, $73.16, which, with the 
amounts sent up by the Churches, and the amount collected in the Associa- 
tion, we will be able to pay. 

"V& e have also received some funds for Foreign Missions, as will appear from 
the Treasurer's report, to which we refer you for a more full statement of re- 
ceipts and disbursements. 

"We are gratified at the results that have attended our Sabbath School work. 
Last year there were reported to the Association but six schools. This year 
there are twenty, making a gain of fourteen schools, all of which' are reported 
to be in a flourishing condition. 

We recommend that the Board be continued, with instructions, if possible, 
to contiue the appointment of Bro. Wilkie. 

C. B. JUSTICE, Secretary of Board. 

The report was adopted, and the Board re-appointed. 
On motion, appointed the next Union meeting to convene 



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with the church at Mount Zion, on Friday before the 4th 
Lord's day in May, 1876. 

Elders W. Hill, C. B. Justice, J. C. Grayson, B. E. Rollins, 
H. D. Harrel, A. D. Davidson and J. II. Taylor were ap- 
pointed to attend it. 

On motion, agreed to hold the next session of the Asso- 
ciation with the church at Bethlehem, commencing on Fri- 
day before the first Lord's day in October, 1876. 

Elected Elder W. H. Logan to preach the next Introduc- 
tory Sermon, and Elder J. C. Grayson, alternate. 

The following, by C. B. Justice, was adopted : 

Resolved, That we are in full sympathy with the Education Board in its 
noble work, and earnestly recommend to the churches to give it all the aid in 
their power. 

After remarks by T. B. Justice and J. B. Richardson, and 
a collection of $9.25 in aid of the Board of Education, the 
resolution was adopted. 

On motion, it was agreed that in the future the Associa- 
tional Board of Missions and Sabbath Schools should have 
charge of the Educational work also. 

The Committee on Religious Exercises reported that Eld. 
J. D. Hufham would preach at 2 P. M., to-morrow. 

On motion, the Ministers of this Association, with Elder 
W. J. Wilkie, A. L. Grayson and M. H. Justice, were ap- 
pointed delegates to the Baptist State Convention. 

Bro. W. M. Packard offered the following resolutions 
which were adopted : 

Resolced, That we cordially commend to our pastors and church members 
the Biblical Recorder, the Organ of the Baptists of the State, published in 
"ualeigh, N. C, at $2.10 a year. 

Resolved. That we also recommend to our Sabbath Schools Kind Words. 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Association are due and are hereby ten- 
dered to the brethren and sisters of Bill's Creek Church and the friends of 
this vicinity for the kind and hospitable manner in which they have enter- 
tained the Association, 

On motion, adjourned till 10 A. M., to-morrow. 
Prayer by Elder J. D. Hufham. 



SABBATH. 

The Association met and spent an hour in especial prayer 
to God in behalf of Foreign Missions. 

Took up and considered the report on Foreign Missions. 



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Addresses were delivered by Elders J. B. Richardson and 
T. B. Justice, and a collection of $54.95 taken for Foreign 
Missions, and the report was adopted. 

On motion, adjourned. 

J. C. GRAYSON, Moderator. 

C: B. Justice, Clerk. 



TREASURER'S REPORT. 



H. D. IIARREL, Treasures; 

In Account toitJi the Green Ulcer Association. 



1 

1875 


1 

To amount received of Mountain Creek Church 

" " " Floyd's Creek Church 

'' " " Mt. Vernon Church 


1 

j 

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73 

2 

9 

8 

54 


45 
16 

80 
25 
50 
95 


8 
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4 
1 
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10 

4 

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8 
9 

54 

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152 

$ 6 


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CIRCULAR LETTER. 

1 ■ 
The Green Hive?' Association to the Churches in Union : 

Dear Brethren : At your request we address you at this time on the 
subject of Church Communion, and shall set forth briefly the peculiar views 
of the Baptists on that subject, and give some of the reasons why we prac- 
tise what is generally called Close Communion. 

I. The Lord's Supper is a church ordinance, i. e., a person must be a 
member of the church before they are entitled to join in the privilege of this 
ordinance. This position is sustained by the practice of other denomina- 
tions, and by the Scriptures. The Methodist Discipline says, page 19 of 
second edition: "The visible church of Christ is a congregation of faithful 
men. in which the pure Word of God is preached, and the sacraments duly 
administered according to Christ's ordinance in all those things that of 
necessity are requisite to the same. On page 103 and 104 of thesame edi- 
tion, it is said: " No person shall be admitted to the Lord's Supper among 
us, who is guilt}' of any practice for which we would exclude a member of 
our church." But who are members? On page 96, of the same edition, 
we find these words: "Let none be received into the Church, until they are 
recommended, &c, and have been baptized." Wesley, in his notes on 
Acts ii:42, says: " Their daily Church communion consisted in these four 
particulars: Hearing the Word; having all thins: common; receiving the 
Lord's Supper; and prayer." From the foregoing it is evident that the 
Methodists regard the Lord's Supper as a Church ordinance. And, that the 
Presbyterians take the same view of this subject, is apparent from the lan- 
guage of their Confession of Faith, where the following doctrine is taught, 
(Chap. 25, Sec. 3): tl Unto this catholic visible Church, Christ hath given 
the ministry, oracles and ordinances of God." And again, Chap. 27, Sec. 1 : 
" Sacraments are holy signs and seals of the covenant of grace .... 

to put a visible difference between those that belong 

unto the Church and the rest of the world." Again, Chap. 21, Sec. 1 : "Our 
Lord Jesus, on the night wherein he was betrayed, instituted the sacrament 
of His body and blood, called the Lord's Supper, to be observed in His 
Church unto the end of the world." So far we are all agreed. But does 
this agreement accord with the New Testament? .For this should be the 
source from whence all our doctrines are drawn. "As they were eating, 
Jesus took bread and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to His disciples, 
and said, ' ' Take, eat ; this is my body. And He took the cup and gave 
thanks and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it." These disciples 
were the members of Christ's visible kinguom, and it is expressly said that 
He gave it t© His disciples. It is both affirmed and denied that Judas was 
present at the institution of this Supper; and that not without the show of 
reason on both sides. But admittiug that he was, this doesn'tjaffect the ques- 
tion of its being a Church ordinance, for up to this time there was no overt 
act of his that would justly exclude him from the fellowship of the Church, 
notwithstanding the Saviour knew, and had told him, that he should betray 
his Master. Yet, it is no more reasonable Xol suppose that he would be de- 
barred in advance of the commission of the <-nme, than that the hypocrite 
of to-day will be debarred all Church privilege.:, in advance of the commis- 
sion of the act that shall satisfy the Church of the wickedness of his heart, 
and lead to his exclusion. " They continued steadfastly in the Apostles' 
doctrine and fellowship and in breaking of bread, and in prayer." — Acts 
ii:42. " They continued daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking- 
bread from house to house; ....... . . and the Lord 

welded to the Church daily such as should be saved." — Acts ii:46 That it 
w r as the church that was thus keeping the ordinance in breaking bread, is 



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evident from the latter clause of the 46th verse: " The Lord added to the 
church." Again, Acts xx:7 " Upon the first day of the week, when the 
disciples came together to break bread. " Paul, in writing to the Corinthians, 
says: " If any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, "or covetous, or 
an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner, with such an one 
are we not to eat." If the Lord's Supper is not a Church ordinance, and 
confined to the membership of the same, then how can she avoid eating 
with those characters against whom she is warned; but it being a Church 
ordinance, she can exclude them from her fellowship, and thereby deny 
them Chui-ch privileges. It is worthy of note that the Apostles, in giving 
instructions relative to this ordinance, always address them to the Churches. 
It being a Church ordinance, it becomes a matter of interest as what a* 
Church is, or out of what kind of material is it built up? We take the 
position — 

First. A Church, Scripturally, is made up of a converted membership^ 
or one that professes to have been converted. See Matt. iii:l-2. "In those 
days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and say- 
ing. Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." John came to 
make ready a people prepared for the Lord, and teaches, as the first thing 
necessary to be done, that they repent, and not expect salvation through or 
in consequence of their having Abraham for their father; but saying unto 
the people that they should believe on Him which should come after him,, 
that is on Christ. ' ' Then they that gladly received his word were baptized, 
and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls." 
— Acts ii:41. Peter taught them to repent and be baptized in the name of 
the Lord Jesus, and they that gladly received his word were added to the num- 
ber of the disciples. "And the Lord added to the Church daily such as 
should be saved." Wesley's translation renders it, "And the Lord added 
daily to the Church those who were saved." making it even stronger than 
King James' version. Paul says, in the llth verse of the 6th chapterfof 1st 
Corinthians: "And such were some some of you: but ye are washed, but 
ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by 
the Spirit of our God."" This epistle was written " Unto the Church of God 
which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus." (See 1st 
chapter, 2nd verse.) " Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also 
loved the Church, and gave Himself for it, that He might sanctify and 
cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word, that He might present it 
to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such 
rhing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." — Ephes. v: 25-27. 
Men, naturally, are unholy and defiled, and Christ teaches that "Except ye 
be converted and become as little children ye cannot enter the Kingdom of 
Heaven." And the Apostle, in speaking of the Church, says: "Ye are a 
holy Priesthood." — I. Pet. ii:5. Phillip said to the eunuch, "If thou be- 
lievest with all thy heart thou mayst;" and "When the Samaritans believed 
Phillip preaching the things concerning the Kingdom of God and the name 
Of Jesus Christ, they were baptized." So the Saviour and His Apostles 
always taught that a person must be converted before they were fit subjects 
for Church membership. Therefore, where an organization receives into its 
membership, knowingly, the unconverted, it forfeits its claim to be. recog- 
nized as a Church. It may be a society in whose membership are to bo 
found some good people, but it cannot be a Church ; for Christ requires a 
converted membership, but its membership is mixed, the converted aid the 
unconverted, and that wilfully and knowingly. If one unconverted person 
may be knowingly received into the Church, then ten may be, and if ten, 
then all the world may be received, without making any profession of a 
change of heart, and thereby result in wiping out all lines of distinction 
between the Church and the world, and prevent the very separation of the 
two which was contemplated in the beginning; which would be fatal to all 
the best interests of both Church and world. 

Second: The members of a Church are such as have been baptized on a 
profession of Faith. The Presbyterian Larger Catechism, in answering- 



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question 165, says that baptism is a sacrament whereby the parties baptized 
are solemnly admitted into the visible Church. The Methodist Discipline, 
edition of 1855, page 96, says: "Let none be received into the Church until 
they are recommended by a leader with whom they have met at least six 
months on trial, and have been baptized." Christ commissioned His disi- 
ples to go and preach the gospel, and tells them that " He that believeth 
and is baptized shall be saved," and " The Lord added to the Church daily 
such as should be saved." Now if he that believeth and is baptized is to be 
saved, and such as should be saved were added to the Church, then those 
added to the Church were of necessity baptized. Peter exhorted the people 
to believe and be baptized. The Eunuch said: "See, here is water; what 
hindereth me to be baptized?" So baptism and reception into the visible 
kingdom, or Church of God, were inseparably connected with the teachings 
of the Apostles. 

Third: There is but one mode of baptism, and that is by' immersion. The 
idea that there are three modes of baptism is as foreign to the Scriptures as 
would be the idea that there are three Lords, or three faiths. Christ was 
baptized, literally, but once, and that was in Jordan, and not with Jordan; 
and it is said, " One Lord, one faith, and one baptism." How any one ever 
conceived the idea of teaching three different modes of baptism is a mys- 
tery to any one who confines himself . strictly to the Scriptures. It is ob- 
jected that "one baptism" has reference to one administration and not to 
one mode. Let the objecters remember, that according to their own inter- 
pretation of the Scriptures, this objection is overthrown; for they contend 
that by order of Paul, the disciples whom he found at Ephesus, and who 
had been baptized unto John's baptism, were re-baptised. If this be so 
then we have one instance in which the ordinance was twice administered 
to the same parties, once unto John's baptism and once in the name of the 
Lord Jesus. Hence their own arguments overthrows their objection. When 
Christ and the Apostles baptized, they performed but one act, and when 
they speak of baptism it is of but one mode, and that mode is immersion, 
as is abundantly proven by the New Testament. The first instance of bap- 
tism recorded in the Bible is the account given of John's baptizing in Jor- 
dan, recorded in Matthew iii:5, 6. " There went Out to him Jerusalem and 
all Judea, and all the regions round about Jordan, and were baptized of 
him in Jordan." Now the Scriptures are to be regarded in reason, and 
what reason could John have had for baptizing them in Jordan, had he 
practiced anything but immersion? No man, in our day, baptizes in the 
river, or pool, except by immersion; and taking a reasonable view of this 
text, we are bound to admit that John baptized by immersion. It is worthy 
of note that Mr. Wesley, in his translation of this text, renders it in Jordan. 
" Then cometh Jesus from Gallilee to Jordan, unto John to be baptized of 

him, an( I Jesus, when he was baptized, wentjup 

straightway out of the water." — Matt, iii :14 16. This is the most illustrious 
case of baptism on record, in which Christ, knowing that he would send 
forth His disciples to preach the gospel to every creature, and to baptize 
those that believe, comes in the beginning of His ministry to lay an exam- 
ple for them to follow; and not only says baptize them, but shows how it is 
to be done, and when He was baptized He went up out of the water, and 
this coming up out of the water can be explained m no other way except by 
admitting that it was necessary as an attendant part of immersion, and that 
Christ was immersed. Such is the force of this text in favor of immersion 
that our opponents, to set it aside, have attempted to show that John's was 
not Christian baptism. That Christ approved John's baptism is apparent, 
not only by His submitting to it, but from the account given (John iii:22-23) 
of Christ's tarrying in Judea and baptizing, at the same time that John was 
baptizing in Enon, near to Salem. And when there arose a question between 
some of "John's disciples and the Jews about purifying, and John had told 
them that Christ must increase but he must decrease, Christ, lest His re- 
maining should lead the people to think there was a controversy between 
John and Himself, leaves Judea and goes into Gallilee, leaving John to 



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baptize the people. If John's was not Christian baptism, why did no( 
Christ or John tell the people so? But he permits John to baptize in the im- 
mediate vicinity in which He is baptizing, and that without a word >of re- 
buke. This, os itself, is strong evidence that the two are in accord. But, 
says the objector, if John's was Christian baptism, why did Paul re-baptize 
the disciples at Ephesus, after they had been baptized with John's baptism? 
This is both affirmed and denied, but admitting the affirmative to be true, 
we note first that it is not said they were baptized by John, or with John's 
baptism, but unto John's baptism. (See Acts xix:3.) And the fact that 
they had " not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost," showed 
that they had been immersed by an incompetent administrator; for it was 

the custom of the first Baptist to speak at the water's side and 

explain to the people the nature and intent of this ordinance. In these ad- 
dresses it was his custom to enlighten the people in regard to the relation 
which this ordinance sustained to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. 
(See John iii: 27-36.) Because of defect in the administration, therefore, the 
ordinance was vitiated, even though it may have been correct in form. It 
furnishes us, consequently, an inspired precedent for the re-baptism of all 
who come to us from other denominations, whether they have been applied 
to the water or the water to them."— Mell on Baptism, page 69. It is said 
(Mark i: 1,2): ' 4 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of 
God, as it is written in the Prophets, Behold I send my messenger before 
thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee." Mr. Wesley says: 
"The evangelist speaks with strict propriety; for the beginning of the gos- 
pel is the account of John the Baptist contained in the first paragraph." 
'J The law and the prophets were until John; since that time, the Kingdom 
of God is preached, and every man presseth into it." — Luke xvi :16. If 
John's baptism was not Christian baptism, where did the old dispensation 
end and John's begin, and where did John's end and Christ's begin? It is 
abundantly proven, by the New Testament, that the baptism practiced by 
the Apostles was identical with that practiced by John, and whatever mean- 
ing was attached to the word baptize during John's ministry, was still at- 
tached to it during the Apostles' day, and it being immerse in his day, it 
would have the same meaning three years afterwards. There is not the 
shadow of evidence to show that the meaning was changed. "And they 
came unto a certain water, and the eunuch said, See, here is water, what 

doth hinder me to be baptized? and they went down, 

both into the water, both Phillip and the eunuch, and he baptized him; 
and when they were come up out oi the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught 
Phillip away." — Acts viii:36-39. This passage, when taken in connection 
with Romans vi:4, where it is said : " Therefore we are buried with Him 
by baptism into death, that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by 
the glory of the Father, so we also should walk in newness of life." Wesley, 
in his notes on this text, says : " We are buried with Him — alluding to the 
ancient manner of baptism by immersion." John Calvin makes the same 
edmission, but says the Church has taken unto herself the authority some- 
what to change the ordinance. Now let it be remembered that neither of 
these men were Baptists, but that one was the founder of the Methodist 
societies, and the other of the Presbyterians; therefore they made these ad- 
missions, not from any desire to aid the Baptists, but because the force of 
the Apostle's language is such that they cannot contradict it. It might 
be an interesting inquiry, just here, by whom, and when was the ordi- 
nance changed. The Baptists have always opposed those innovations and 
changes of the Bible, and therefore are not responsible for them. At the 
time of the change of this ordinance there were but two denominations in 
the world — the Baptist and the Roman Catholic — and history informs us 
that the change was made by the latter; therefore all who are now counte- 
nancing and following the change are to this extent borrowing their cus- 
toms from the Roman Catholics. Again it is said (Col. ii : 12): "Buried 
with him in baptism." &c. Now we ask, in all candor, if there is the slightest 
allusion to a burial in any other so-called mode of baptism, except immer- 



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sion; but in an immersion there is a striking representation of a burial and 
resurrection. It represents our death to sin and resurrection to a newness 
of life; the death and resurrection of Christ, and the future death and final 
resurrection of the believer in Christ. We have briefly shown, that John 
baptized the repenting Jews in Jordan; that Christ was baptized and came 
up straightway out of the water; that Phillip baptized the eunuch after go- 
ing down into the water, and that they then came up out of the water; that 
Paul, in two places, refers to baptism as being a burial; and that Wesley 
and Calvin both admit that Paul refers to the ancient manner of baptizing 
by immersion. A number of other arguments might be used proving im- 
mersion to be the only mode of baptism, but having to conline ourselves to 
the limits of a circular letter, we have not the space to devote to a farther 
discussion of ,his subject, but would remark, that there being but one bap- 
tism, and the foregoing Scriptures and arguments going to show that that 
one baptism is immersion, should satisfy us that the other instances where 
baptism is spoken of as having been administered, must harmonize with 
the facts in the cases referred to; for there being but one mode of baptism, 
and that being established, there cannot be any other. If we see the sun 
shine today, and are told that it has shined every day for a thousand, we 
know just how it looked, because there is but one sun. So where baptism is 
spoken of in the Scriptures; if we know how Christ was baptized, how 
John performed the ordinance, how Phillip baptized the eunuch, and how 
Paul speaks of it as a burial and resurrection, then we may know just what 
baptism means in any other connection ; for it always means the same thing. 
Fourth: The membership of a Church is composed of such as continue 
to live in obedience to the law of the Lord, and to bring forth the fruits of 
righteousness. The Saviour, as recorded in the 18th chapter of Matthew, 
in laying down the law by which we are to be governed in the settlement of 
private difficulties, says that, "If he neglects to hear them (the two or 
three brethren), then tell it unto the Church; but if he neglect to hear the 
Church, let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican;" thus com- 
manding the Church to withdraw her fellowship from such as prove refrac- 
tory and stubborn; and Paul says, (Rom. xvi:l7): "Now I beseech you, 
brethren, maikthem which cause divisions and offences contrary to the 
doctrine which you have learned, and avoid them." And again" I. Cor. 
v: 11, 13: "But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any 
man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a 
railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner, with such an one not to eat. . . . 
...-,..■.!. Therefore put away from yourselves that wicked person." And 
II. Thes. iii:6: "Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our 
Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that 
walketh disorderly, and not after the traditions which he received of us;" 
and in the 14th verse: " If any man obey not the word of this epistle, note 
that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. " Now 
if the foregoing Scriptures prove anything, we think that it is evident they 
prove that the Church is to judge in all matters of fellowship between her- 
self and her members, and to withdraw her fellowship from all who walk 
disorderly. It is not only her right, but her imperative duty, so far as she 
can, to keep herself unspotted from the world. It is sin for her, knowingly, 
to retain in her membership any that are disorderly, or to eat with them, as 
a Church. 

We have seen that the Lord's Supper is a Church ordinance; that a 
Church is composed of a professedly converted membership; that this mem- 
bership must be a baptized membership; that there is but one baptism, and 
that that is by immersion; and lastly, that their membership is dependent 
upon their orderly walk and conversation. And now we assign the follow- 
ing reasons for not joining in the Lord's Supper with other denominations: 

First: The Lord's Supper being a Church ordinance, we dare not take it 
out of the Church; and, with the New Testament as our guide, we fail to 
see in any of the denominations, except the Baptist, any of the evidences 
that would entitle them to be regarded as a Church. They may, and doubt - 



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less do, contain many Christian men and women; but there are also many 
good Christian people in the world, and we inight just as well call the 
world the Church because it contains good people, as to call them the 
Church because there are Christians among them. Christ instituted but 
one Church, the pattern of which is given in the New Testament, and with 
reference to which it is said, "Ye are built upon the foundation of the 
Apostles and Prophets." Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner-stone. 
Out of all those that claim to be Churches, there is but one that can justly 
set up the claim; all others are men's works. Being Baptists, we feel satis- 
fied that we are right, and therefore cannot consent to take, outside of the 
Church, the ordinances that God has committed to her. There would be 
as much reason in asking other denominations to vote in the reception or 
exclusion of a member, or to act in the transaction of any other Church 
business, as there would be in asking them to join in our communion; both 
alike belong to the Church, and even the inter-communion of different Bap- 
tist Churches is a matter of courtesy and not of right. 

Second : We cannot commune with them, \» cause in so doing w r e would be 
forced to receive into our communion persor ,s who make no profession of re- 
ligion, and who do not pretend to know anything about a heart work of grace. 
It will not be denied that all other denominations receive into their fellowship 
members who do not claim to be Christians and S' mf of them even urge the 
unconverted to join the Church as a means to aid them in seeking religion; 
and also take infants into their membership, who are raised np to believe that 
they are members of the Church; and open communion would force us to re- 
cognize, not only the act of their reception as being valid, but also themselves 
as being entitled to Church privileges, which we cannot do, and to ask us to 
do so is to ask us to violate our most honest convictions. 

Third : We refuse to commune with other denominations because we regard 
them as not being baptized, they having received the ordinance by sprinkling 
and pouring, which we cannot recognize as baptism at all. They say that 
baptism must precede communion, and therefore receive none to it who have 
not been baptized. We say the same thing, but contend that nothing but im- 
mersion is baptism. So, on this point it is not a question of communion, but 
of baptism To commune with them would be a virtual acknowledgment of 
the validity of their baptism. This they know, and therefore urge us to com- 
mune with them, not because they have such a strong desire to commune 
with us, but in this way they may get ns to acknowledge the validity of their 
Daptism. 

Fourth : Baptists cannot commune with other denominations, because it 
would force us to commune with persons who had been excluded from our 
fellowship, and that without any confession on their part, or any act of Ihe 
Church restoring them to fellowship. By one act we exclude them from our 
fellowship, and then in the next would receive them at the Lord's table and 
commune with them. It will not be denied that they receive into their fel- 
lowship persons who have been excluded from Baptist Churches, and then 
ask us to receive them to our communion. This course would destroy the 
efficacy and force of all Church discipline. 

To the Baptists, in a peculiar manner, is committed a most sacred trust, 
and the question that divides them and other denominations is not exclusively 
confined to baptism, but as to whether the Bible shall be kept pure and un- 
changed, or whether men shall be allowed to change it It comes, too, as the 
price of Jesus' blood, stained, as it were, with the blood of our ancestors, who 
willingly gave their lives in defence of a pure Bible. All the religious liberty 
that the world enjoys is to be attributed to the influence of the Baptists, and 
the perpetuation of that liberty depends upon their faithfulness. Our course 
is the result of honest and conscientious convictions, based on the Word of 
God. These convictions we cannot surrender without doing violence to our 
consciences. Let us be true to ourselves and our God. and holding the 
truth, let us not be ashamed to practice it, leaving events in the hands of 
God. 



1 

MINUTES 


OF THE 

THIRTY-EIGHTH ANNUAL SESSION 


OF THE 

1 

Qr een River Baptist Association 


HELD WITH THE CHURCH AT 

1 

OLD FORT, McDowell Go., N. C, 


mptemhm 39th ami Mft, iffitft 


RALEIGH: 

EDWARDS, BROUGHTON & CO., PRINTERS AND BINDERS. 

October, 1876. 
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MIN UTE S 



OF THE 



THIRTY-EIGHTH ANNUAL SESSION 



OF THE 



Qreen River Baptist Association 



HELD WITH 



Bethlehem Church, McDowell Co., IT. C. 
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BALEIGH : 
EDWARDS, BROUGHTON & CO , PRINTERS AND BINDERS. 

October, 1876. 



PROCEEDINGS 



Friday, Sept. 29th, 1876. 

The Green River Association convened this day with the 
Church at Bethlehem. 

In the absence of Elder W. H. Logan, the Introductory 
Sermon was preached by Elder J. C. Grayson. Text : Matt, 
xvi : 18. 

The delegates assembled in the house after an intermis- 
sion of one hour. 

Elder J. C. Grayson, the former Moderator, called the 
body to order, and Elder W. Hill conducted devotional ex- 
ercises. 

J. E,. Denton and A. D. Davidson were appointed Assistant 
Clerks. 

The Church Letters were read and the Delegates enrolled 
as follows : 

White Oak — No delegation. 

Silver Greek — J. S. Higgins. 

Stone Mountain — A. W. Morgan, J. W. Hollford. 

Cooper's Gap — M. R. Laughter, J. Ruppe, T. K. Cowart. 

Hock Springs— A. Bobbett. 

Bill's Creek — J. Jackson. 

Pleasant Hill — No delegation . 

Shiloh — A. Jones, A. D. Brooks. 

Green River — No delegation . 

Bald Mountain — No delegation. 

MontforoVs Cove—T. P. Hemphill, M. Hall. 

Cove Creek— J. W. Metcalf , M. Wilkerson. 

BethleJiem — N. Souther, G. R. Morgan. 

Zion Hill — J. F. Pendergrass, John Bradley. 

Marion— &. Trivett, A. E. Berry, J. S. Poteet. 

Buck Creek — No delegation. 

Piny Knob—R. P. Lynch, A. B. Haynes. 



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Harmony Grove— A.. H. Simmons, B. H. Simmons. 

Dysarimille— Elders J. C. Grayon, L. McOurry, J. E. Denton, Brethren 
Wm. Blanton, P. P. Price, J. D. Tayor. 
Bethel— D. C. Brite, T. Hogan, J. H. Marshborne, J. B. Bird. 
Bound Hill — L. L. Deck, G. A. Keeter. 
Mountain Greek— -K C. Lovlace, A. E. Flack, H. Keeter. 
Cherry Springs — W. A. Garrison, O. Moore. 
Mount Zion — J. L. Lattimore, J. Deviny. 
Head First Broad — W. Grayon, E. Whisenant. 
Mount Lebanon— M. D Wilson, F. M. Freeman, J. R Freeman. 
Cane Greek— R. K. Wilson, E. Walker. 
Gamp Greek — J. R Walker. 

Mount Vernon—^. J. Rollins, II. B. Wilson, E. Gear, G. W. Gear. 
Butherfordton—W. Hill, C. B. Justice, A. E. Miller, J. H. Smith. 
Cool Spring- H. D. Harrill, D. B. F. Harrill. 
Mount Pleasant — A. McMahan. 
Floid's Creek — A. D. Davidson, P. Bostic, L. Tate. 

The ballot for officers resulted as follows : 

Moderator, Eld. J. C. Grayson : Clerk, Eld. H. D. Harrill. 

The following brethren appeared as corresponding dele- 
gates from sister Associations : 

Elder J. H. Yarboro, from King's Mountain ; Elder W. J. 
Wilkie, from Salem. 

Invited visiting brethren. 

The Moderator announced the following Committees : 

On Finance— B. P. Simmons, F. M. Freeman, A. E. Miller. 
On Temperance — Elder L McCurry, L. Deck, J. Devinny. 
On Sabbath Schools — J. R. Denton, H. P. Lynch and A. T. Jones. 
On Order of Business — Elders J. H. Yarboro, A. D. Davidson, W. Hill, 
with the Moderator and Clerk. 

On Foreign Missions— $. Trivett, A. McMahan, E. D. Brooks. 
On State Missions— G, B. Justice, W. G. Wilkie, A. B. Mashburn. 
On Beligious Devotions — The Pastor and Deacons of this church. 

On motion, adjourned to 9J o'clock to-morrow morning. 



Saturday Morning, Sept. 30th, 1876. 
The Association met according to adjournment. 
Prayer by the Moderator. 



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Called the roll and marked absentees. 

Kead the abstract of principles and Rules of Order. 

On motion, appointed Messengers to sister Associations: 

To King's Mountain — Elders W. Hill, 0. B. Justice, J. C. Grayson and 
H. D. Harrill. 

To Broad River— Elders A. T. Jones, A. D. Davidson, and Brother A. 
D. Brooks. 

To Salem— Elders J. H. Taylor, S. Trivett, J. F. Pendergrass, W. Hill, 
and Brethren J. H. Smith, A. W. Morgan, M. R. Laughter, J. W. Alfred 
and T. J. Cowart. 

Called for the reports of Committees. 

The Committee on Sabbath Schools reported. [See Ap- 
pendix A.] 

The Committee on State Missions reported, and after ad- 
dresses by Elders C. B. Justice and S. Trivett, the report 
was adopted. [See Appendix B.] 

The Committee on Foreign Missions reported, and after 
remarks by S. Trivett, W. Hill and C. B. Justice, the report 
was adopted. [See Appendix O] 

The Associational Mission Board reported. [See Appen- 
dix D.] 

The Committee on Temperance reported, and after inter- 
esting addresses from Elders L. McCurry, C. B. Justice and 
others, the report was adopted. [See Appendix E.] 

The Committee on Finance reported. [See Appendix F.] 

On motion, adjourned for one hour. 



AFTERNOON SESSION. 

The Moderator called for resolutions. 
Elder C. B. Justice presented the following : 

Resoloed, That we recommend to our churches the interests represented 
by the Board of Education of the Baptist State Convention of North Car- 
olina. 



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W. M. Blanton presented the following : 

Resolved, That we appoint a committee of ten to meet with a delegation 
of King's Mountain Association in Shelby, on the first Tuesday in Decem- 
ber next, to take into consideration the propriety of buildiag a female col- 
lege, the location of which is hereafter to be considered. 

On motion, the following Committee was appointed to 
meet the King's Mountain delegation, in accordance with 
the above resolution, viz : W. M. Blanton, R. K. Wilson, J. 
R. Denton, T. B. Justice, R P. Price, C. B. Justice, W. Hill, 
H. D. Harrill, S. Trivett and L. McCurry, and report the 
result of their deliberations to this body at its next session. 

On motion, the former Associational Board was continued 
in office. 

Appointed the next Union Meeting to convene with the 
church at Green River, on Friday before the second Sab- 
bath in May, 1877, and appointed Elders W. Hill, A. Mc- 
Mahan, C. B. Justice and T. B. Justice to attend the same. 

The following resolution was ofiered by W. M. Blanton : 

Resolved,, That we recommend Burnt Chimney Academy, located six 
miles east of Rutherfordton, now under the supervision of Elder J. H. 
Yarboro, as an institution worthy of the support and patronage of the de- 
nomination. 

On motion, agreed that the next meeting of this body 
convene with the church at Floyd's Creek, fifteen miles 
south-east of Rutherfordton, on Friday before the first Sab- 
bath in October, 1877. 

Appointed Elder W. Hill to preach the Introductory Ser- 
mon ; G. B. Justice, alternate. 

Appointed Elder C. B. Justice to preach a sermon on Mis- 
sions, at the next session of this body, on Sabbath at 11 
o'clock, A. M. ; S. Trivett, alternate. 

Appointed Elders W. Hill and J. H. Yarboro to occupy 
the stand on to-morrow. Elder J. H. Yarboro to preach a 



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Sermon on Missions at 11 o'clock, A. M., after which a pub- 
lic collection will be taken up. 

On motion, appointed all the Ministers of this Associa- 
tion as delegates to the Baptist State Convention, or as many 
as may be present, together with Brethren W. M. Blanton 
and H. L. Grayson. 

The following resolution was offered by L. L. Deck : 

Resolved, That we recommend the Biblical Recorder, published at Raleigh 
by Elder? C. T. Bailey and J. D. Huf ham and W. T. Walters, Agricultu- 
ral Editor, as a paper worthy the confidence, patronage and support, of our 
denomination. 

The following resolution was offered by C. B. Justice : 

Resolved, That the Board of Missions be requested to secure the services 
of some efficient minister to labor as Evangelist among the churches of this 
Association. 

On motion, appointed A. L. Grayson, M. H. Justice and 
James Toms to audit the Treasurer's report. 
The following resolution was adopted : 

Resolved, That the thanks of this body are hereby tendered to the breth- 
ren and friends of Bethlehem Church and vicinity for their kindness in en- 
tertaining the body during its session. 

Adjourned to time and place above mentioned. 

J. C. GRAYSON, Moderator. 
H. D. Harrill, Clerk. 



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R. S. Blanton . . . 
W. A. Blanton.. 


J. W. Morgan . . . 
J. W. Metcalf . . . 

K Souther 

W. C. Wall... . 
T. F. Hawkins.. 
W. B. Mentel... 
G. H. Simmons.. 

J. R. Denton 

J A . Bard . . 


L. L.Deck 

J. W. Lewis. . . . 
B. H. Moore . . . 


PASTORS. 


J. B. Justice .... 
W. H. Logan . . . 

J. H. Taylor 

T. B. Justice.... 

W. H. Logan 

J. T. McFadden. 
A. McMahon . . 
C. C. Case 


W. H. Logan. . . 
C. B. Justice .... 

J. H. Taylor 

J. F. Pendergrass 
J. F. Pendergrass 

W. H. Logan 

J. F. Pendergrass 
J. C. Grayson. . . 
J. C. Grayson . . . 

C. B. Justice 

C. B. Justice 

J. H. Taylor. . . . 


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Cove Creek 

Bethlehem 

Zion Hill 


Marion 

Harmony Grove . 
Dysartville. . . . 
Bethel 


Round^Hill 

Mountain Creek. 
Cherry Spring. . . 



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APPENDIX 



A. 
REPORT ON SABBATH SCHOOLS. 

Your committee find, by referring to the church letters, that the condi- 
tion of the Association as to Sabbath Schools, is more flattering this 
year than usual. Nearly all of the churches are engaged in this noble 
work. We urge upon all the churches the importance of having a Sab- 
bath School at each church, and think it a fine field for the employment 
of the talent of the lay members of the church. Your committee recom- 
mend that each Sabbath School have a book of record, and note the num- 
ber and names of the Superintendents, the number of scholars attending, 
the number of chapters read during the week, the number of verses coml 
mitted, the number of " lesson papers," and number of Scripture questions, 
and report the same to the Sabbath School Board of this Association, an- 
nually. Respectfully submitted, 

JOHN R. DENTON. 



B. 
REPORT ON STATE MISSIONS. 

If it be true that the Baptists hold the truth, (and who can doubt it ?) is 1 
it not their duty to preach it ? Faithfulness to our principles prompts us 
to preach and teach the truth as we hold it. The interest of our families, 
our country and the world demand that we preach our doctrine. But the 
great reason is, the Master demands it, and how dare we neglect that which 
He requires. 

This truth should be preached to every creature, and if this is done we 
cannot neglect our own people. God holds us all responsible for the carry- 
ing out of the commission. It is the duty of all to do everything they can 
to enlighten and instruct the world and bring them to Jesus. This work 
can be done by visiting the sick, the fatherless and the widow, and seeking 
opportunities to instruct the sinner, and to encourage the humble child of 
God in his efforts to glorify God. Improving all opportunities to instruct 
and council the people and train them for Jesus. 

But God requires that this work should be done in a more general, uni- 
versal and direct manner ; which can only be done through the instrumen- 
tality of men that God has called and qualified for this work, men that 
have been called to the work of the ministry. They must stand as his 
messengers and declare the word to a lost and ruined world, while the 
solemn truth "Thou God seest me," forces itself upon their minds. But 
their brethren are joint laborers with them, aiding and assisting in the work 
by their prayers and words of encouragement, but more especially by their 
contributions for their support. 

If we could draw the contrast between the denomination of North Caro- 
lina of to-day and fifty years ago we would have some faint idea of the re- 
sults that have attended our efforts in the State Mission work. 

We are pleased to know that there is an increase of interest in this work, 
as is apparent from the increase of contributions from the churches. The 






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Board of State Missions is laboring to sustain a missionary in every desti- 
tute town and section of North Carolina. And the motto of every Baptist 
in the State ought to be North Carolina for Jesus, and with a view to this 
noble end our prayers and contributions ought to increase until in every 
section of our State shall be found a Baptist church, Sunday School and 
minister. C. B. JUSTICE. 



C. 
REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS 

The inhabited portion of the world is the gospel field, the larger portion 
of which is in an uncultivated state, with its millions of inhabitants in gross 
darkness, whose condition calls for light, without which they cannot be 
saved. Its cultivation is intrusted to the church. Now can we, who live in 
a land blazing with gospel light, claim to be the church of Christ and with- 
hold the means of salvation from this vast destitution ? Will not each 
church in this Association answer " No," by sending to her next session a 
liberal contribution for this express purpose. Respectfully submitted, 

S. TRIVETT, Chairman. 



REPORT OF BOARD OF MISSIONS AND SABBATH SCHOOLS. 

Soon after the adjournment of yourjjbody at its last session, the Board ar- 
ranged with the Board of Missions of the Baptist State Convention of North 
Carolina to have Elder G. W. Wilkie continued as missionary on the field 
occupid by him on the previous year, at a salary of $300 dollars a year, we 
agreeing' to pay $200 of that amount, the State Board agreeing to pay the 
other $100. For the time labored we are due Brother Wilkie $150 ; of this 
amount there has been collected and paid over to Brother Wilkie, or is 
now in hand subject to his order, $150, which will be sufficient to meet 
the debt to Brother Wilkie. Brother Wilkie reports 39 weeks labored, 
about 150 sermons preached; prayer meetings attended about 48; exhorta- 
tions delivered, 32 ; baptized 43. There has been collections for Foreign 
Missions, % ; and for Education, $ . 

Brother Davidson and Brother Freeman were both at school during the 
last year. The former at Wake Forest, and the latter with Dr. Lewis. 
These Brethren ought to return to school as soon as possible, and finish 
their education and enter fuliy into the ministry. 

From the church letters and other sources we learn that there are in the 
bounds of this Association 24 Sabbath Schools, with an aggregate attend- 
ance of 1,033 scholars. These things encourage us to hope for grander re- 
sults in the future. We confidently appeal to the churches and brethren to 
contribute liberally for the cause of missions, Sunday schools and ministe- 
rial education, and labor to increase the power of our Boards in extending 
the knowledge of Jesus. C. B. JUSTICE, Secretary. 



E. 

REPORT ON TEMPERANCE. 

Temperance has justly been defined the moderate use of things needful 
and the total abstainance from all things hurtful and pernicious. 

L. McCURRY, Chairman. 



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F. 
REPORT ON FINANCE. 

Your committee on Finance submit the following report : The amount 
of money sent up from all the churches is $33.60. We recommend that the 
Clerk retain $ 7 for his services, and have as many minutes printed as the 
remainder will pay for, and distribute the same among the churches. 

B. P. SIMMONS. 



TREASURER'S REPORT. 

/ 
H. D. HARRILL, Treasurer, 

In account with the Green River Association. 



1876 


1 

Dr. 












To amount received of Cool Soring Church 






% 4 


45 




" Rutherford " 






35 


20 




" Mount Lebanon " 






9 


40 




" " " Mount Vernon ■' .. .. 






to 


35 




'* k * " Mountain Creek " 






14 


00 




" Dysaitville " 






11 


86 


" Bethel " 






8 


55. 


" Montford's Cove" 




, 


10 


75 




" Bill's Creek " 






4 


90 




" " " Rock Spring " 






13 


00 




. " " Silver Creek " 






11 


85 




" *? Green River " 






3 


85 




" Shiloh " 






B 


65 




" " Cove Creek " 






4 


25 




" Pleasant Hill " 






1 


75 




" Floid's Creek " 






7 


55 




'• " " Piny Knob " 






6 


25 




' " '' Mount Pleasant " 






3 


15 




<fc Round Hill " 






4 


25 




" " " Individuals 






2 


10 




" Collected on Sunday 

" " at Mount Zion Church 






10 


05 








28 


00 




Or. 






$214 


45 




Bv amount paid J. B. Richardson . . 


$ 86 


70, 








" W. J.Wilkie 


70 


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" J. G. Williams 


46 


05 








'» L. C. Powell 


2 


00 


204 








75 




Balance on hand 






$ 9 


70 




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MINUTES 



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39th ANNUAL SESSION 



OF THE 




HELD WITH THE CHURCH AT 



Floyd's Creek, Rutherford County, H. C< 



October 5, 6, 7 & 8, 1877. 



RALEIGH: 

EDWARDS, BROUGHTON & CO., PRINTERS AND BINDERS, 
October, 1877. 



MINUTES 



OP THE 



39th ANNUAL. SESSION 



OF THE 




HELD WITH THE CHURCH AT 



Floyd's Creek, Rutherford County, N. C. 



October 8, 6, 7 & 8, 1877. 



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EDWARDS, BROUGHTON & CO., PRINTERS AND BINDERS, 

October, 1877. 



LIST OF MINISTERS. 



J. C. Grayson, 


Bridge Water, 


North Carolina, 


B. E. Rollins, 


First Broad, 


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Mill's Spring, 


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C. B. Justice, 


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F. C. Hamrick, 


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JS. L.Taylor, 


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A. 0. Lynch, 


Green Hill, 


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L. McCurry, 


Dysartsville, 


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J. R. Denton, 


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W. Harrell, 


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W. H. Logan, 


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A. D. Davidson, 


Hieksville, 


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J. F. PendergtRass, 


Marion, 


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J. H. Taylor, 


Otter Creek, 


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C. C. Case, 


White Oak Hall, 


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LIST OF LICENTIATES, 



F. M. Freeman, 
D. B. F. Harrell, 
J. M. Mode, 



Logan's Store, 
Burnt Chimney, 
Head of First Broad, 



North Carolina. 



PROCEEDINGS 



Friday Morhing, October 5th, 1877. 

The Green River Association convened this day with the 
church at Floyd's Creek. 

The Introductory Sermon was preached by Elder W. 
Hill, Text, Col. 1 : 7. 

After an intermission of thirty minutes the delegates as- 
sembled in the house. 

Elder T. B. Justice called the body to order, and Elder 
Stough led in devotional exercises. 

M. H. Justice and W. B. Wilson were appointed Assistant 
Clerks. 

The Church ^Letters were read and Delegates' names ^en- 
rolled as follows:: 

White Oak.—O. R Nelson, W. 3. Splaron. 

Silver Greek.— 1. S. Higgins, J. M. Hamilton. 

Stone Mountain.— P. C, Harmon, W. B. Dalton, 

Cooper's Gap — M. R. Laughter, J. Ruppe. 

Bock Spring.— No delegation. 

BUVs Greek.— N.E. Walker, J. W. Murphy, Jerry -Jackson, John Hill. 

Pleasant Hill.— Elder J. T. MeFaxlden, Brethren J. L. Green, J. M. 
Taylor 

Shihh.— Elders J. Wilkie, F. C. Hamrick, Brethren A. T. Jones, C. J. 
Sparks, S..T. Allen, B. M. Hamrick. 

Green River.— Q. C Case, J. M. Hester, T. C. Page. 

Bald Mountain.— No delegation. 

MontforcVs Gove. — G, W. Harris. 

Gove Greeks— J, A. Wilkerson, W. G. Harris. 

Bethlehem.— M. P. Morgan, A. W. Gilliam. 

Zion Hill— No delegation. 

Marion.— John S. Poteat. 

Piney Knob.—W. B. Wilson, A. B. Haynes, J. Elliott. 

Harmony Grove.— No delegation. 

Dysartsville.—J. D. Taylor, J. C. Price. 

Buck Creek. — No delegation. 

Bethel.— Lee Morris, J. A. Bird, D. C. Bright, J. H. Raburn, 

Round Hill.—D. D. Nanney, Wm. F. Sorrels. 

Mountain Creek.— N. 0. Lovelace., W. H. Rucker. 



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Cherry Spring. — No delegation. 

Mount Zion. — W. M. Packard, John Diviney. 

Head First Broad. — W. G. Grayson, E. Whisenant, J. F. Sims. 

Mount Lebanon. — M. D. Wilson, A. P. Holliefield. 

Cane Creek. — R. R. Wilson, J. L. Yelton. 

Camp Creek. — T. G. Johnson. 

Mt. Vernon.— R. B. Wilson, R. T. Logan. 

Mutherfordton Elders W. Hill, T. B. Justice, C. B. Justice, E. L. Tay- 
lor, Brethren M. H. Justice, C. P. Hill. 

Cool Spring.— Elders Wm. Harrell, H. D. Harrell, Brethren D. B. F. 
Harrell, J. B. Blanton. 

Mt. Pleasant.— -Elder A. McMahan, Brethren T. Toms, O. Maze. 

Floyd's Creek— Elder A. D. Davidson, Brethren H. P. Miller, K. T. Car- 
penter. 

Elected officers as follows : Brethren M. H. Justice Mod- 
erator, and H. B. Wilson Clerk. 

Eeceived as Corresponding Delegates from sister Associa- 
tions : 

King's Mountain. — Elders A. L. Stouch, G. W. Rollins, J. M. Bridges, 
J. H. Yarboro', G. M. Webb and J. Good. 
Broad River. — W. S. Hicks. 
Salem.— Elder D. B. Nelson. 

And as visiting brethren : Elder J. B. Richardson, Cor- 
responding Secretary of the Baptist State Convention of 
North Carolina, Elder N. Bowen and John Kerr were 
present. 

On motion, agreed that Judge Kerr address the Associa- 
tion on to-morrow at 11 o'clock, A. M., on the " Rise and 
Progress of the Baptists." 

On motion, the Moderator announced the following Com- 
mittees : 



On Finance.— W. M. Packard, W. H. Rucker, M. R. Laughter. 

On Temperance.— J '. T. McFadden, M. D. Wilson, J. B. Blanton. 

On Sabbath Schools.— J. H. Yarboro, Wm. Harrell, J. M. Hamilton. 

On Order of Business.— T. B. Justice, W. Hill, R. K. Wilson, with the 
Moderator and Clerk. 

On Foreign Missions.— A. L. Stough, C. B. Justice, A. D. Daridson. 

On State Missions.— J. B. Richardson, W. Hill, T. B. Justice. 

On Religious Exercises.— The Pastor and Deacons of Floyd's Creek 
Church. 

On Periodicals.— John Kerr, T. C. Page, H. P. Miller. 

On motion, adjourned to meet at 9J o'clock, A. M., to- 
morrow. Prayer by Elder N. Bowen. 



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Saturday Morning, Oct. 6th, 1877. 

Prayer by Elder D. B. Nelson. 

The Committee on Order of Business submitted a report, 
which was adopted. 

Read the proceedings of yesterday, and called the roll. 

The Rules of Order were read. 

Invited visiting brethren to seats with us : Elders J. B. 
Hartwell, R. H. Griffith and Brother H. W. Scott, accepted. 

Corresponding Delegates were appointed as follows : 

Kings Mountain. — Elders "W. Hill, H. D. Harrell, A. D. Davidson, A. 
McMahan, E. L. Taylor, J. T. McFadden, C. J. Sparks, A. T. Jones and 
N. C. Lovelace. 

To Broad River. — Elders 0. B. Justice, A. D. Davidson, Brethren G. P. 
Bostic, J. J. Camp. 

To Salem.— Elders W. H Logan, C. C. Case, T. B. Justice, H. D. Har- 
rell, W. Hill- E. L. Taylor, C. B. Justice, Bretheren J. W. Murphy, W. B. 
Dalton, W. B. Wilson, M. R. Laughter, John Hill, M. H. Justice. 

Called for reports of Committees : ,. 

The Committee on Periodicals reported. [See Appendix 
A.] 

The Committee on Foreign Missions reported. [See Ap- 
pendix B.] 



Afternoon Session. 

The Committee on Temperance reported. [See Appen- 
dix O] 

The Committee on Sabbath Schools reported. [See Ap- 
pendix D.] 

Appointed Elders D. B. Nelson and R. H. Griffith to 
occupy the stand with C. B. Justice, who is to preach the 
Missionary Sermon on to-morrow. 

Then adjourned. Prayer by J. B. Hartwell. 



On Sunday the stand was occupied by Elders D. B. Nel- 
son, C. B. Justice and R. H. Griffith, who preached to a 
large and orderly congregation. 

The collection for Missions amounted to $23.45. 



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Monday Morning, Oct. 8th, 1877. 

Prayer by Elder J. B. Richardson. 

Called the roll and marked absentees. 

The Committee on Finance reported. [See Appendix E.l 

The Committee on State Missions reported. [See Appen- 
dix F.] 

Appointed the Union Meeting to convene with the church 
at Montford's Cove, on Friday before the second Sabbath in 
April, 1878s. Elders J. T. McFadden, W. H. Logan, J. H. 
Taylor, E. L. Taylor and T. B. Justice to attend the same. 

On motion, agreed that the next meeting of this body 
convene with the church at Green River, Polk County, on 
Friday before the first Sabbath in October, 1878. 

Appointed Eld. H. D. Harrell to preach the Introductory 
Sermon ; C. B. Justice, alternate. 

Appointed Elder T. B. Justice to preach a Sermon on Mis- 
sions, at the next session of this body, on Sabbath, at 11 
o'clock, A. M. ; W. Hill, alternate. 

On motion, appointed any minister or brother of this As- 
sociation as delegates to the Baptist State Convention. 

On motion, divided the collection of yesterday equal be- 
tween State and Foreign Missions. 

Report of Treasurer read and adopted. [See Appendix 
G.] 

Query. — From the Church at Piney Knob — "Do the scrip- 
tures teach that it is the duty of a christian to forgive a 
personal offence without confession or repentance on the 
part of the offender ?" 

Answw proposed and discussed, viz : The instructions of 
our Saviour in Matthew 18 : 22, make no mention of any 
condition upon which the forgiveness was to be granted. 
On motion, postponed the adoption of an answer until the 
next session of the Association. 

2nd Query : — From same church : — " Is it in accordance 
with Baptist discipline for a majority in churches to rule in 
cases ?" 



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Answer : — "We are advised that in the constitution of 
most, if not all, of our churches it is provided that a major- 
ity shall rule in all cases, except in cases of fellowship. In 
the reception of members we regard the exception as a wise 
one, and think it ought to be strictly adhered to." 

Query: — From Shiloh : — "What course shall churches 
pursue with church members that will not pay their just 
debts?" 

Answer : — If a brother refuses to pay his debts we recom- 
mend that the church give the matter thorough investiga- 
tion, and if it is found that the debt is justly due and owing 
and that he has ability to pay and persistently refuses or 
neglects to pay them, we recommend that the Church with- 
draw fellowship from him. 

The following resolutions were offered and adopted : 

1st. Resolved, That the matter of the salary of Bro. W. Hill be brought 
before the several churches of this Association, and that we endeavor to 
liquidate the balance of the debt due him before the 1st of January, 1878. 

2nd. Resolved, That we rejoice to hear of the good work now beiug pros- 
ecuted by the American and Foreign Bible Society, in furnishing Bibles 
and Testaments to destitute Sunday Schools and families in North Carolina 
and other Southern States. 

3rd. Resolved, That the thanks of this body are due and are hereby ten- 
dered to the brethren and friends of Floyd's Creek Church and vicinity, for 
the kind and hospitable manner in which they have entertained this body 
during its session. 

On motion, adjourned to meet at the time and place 
herein before mentioned. 

Prayer by Rev. R. H. Griffith. 

M. H. JUSTICE, Moderator. 
H. B. Wilson, Clerk. 



APPENDIX. 



REPORT ON PERIODICALS. 

The Press: — Speaking in reference to human agencies, money is the 
power of the age. Before the discovery of the art of printing eloquence 
or oratory constituted the mighty Jever by which the world was moved. 
Among the ancients Demosthenes " fulmined o'er Greece, shook the arsenal, 
and wielded at will the fierce democratic," and Cicero was master of the 
Senate and Forum in Rome. Chatham, and after him Burke, Sheridan and 
Fox held the British under their magic sway, and Henry "the forest De- 
mosthenes" set in motion the mighty ball of our own revolution, and broke 
the bonds that bound us to our mother country. But the era of eloquence 
is past, and we are in the midst of that which is marked by the imperial 
sway of the political and religious periodical press. Neither patriotism 
nor piety can venture to neglect the mighty influence of newspapers, and 
as that influence is directed by the talents and culture of the leading minds 
in church and state, so will our temporal and our spiritual interests be glo- 
riously advanced or ingloriously left to decay and ruin. 

The Baptists, to whom is committed uncorrupted faith once delivered to 
the saints, can in no wise escape from the duty of using the press as an in- 
strument both of defence and aggression. They of all people are most 
strongly bound to uphold the truth, and to assail and subdue error. Without 
the press they cannot acquit themselves of the charge given them with half 
the fidelity required. 

We have a well conducted paper in North Carolina, the Biblical Recorder \ 
which it is the religious duty of us all to patronize and sustain, and we do 
most earnestly commend it to the prayerful care and liberal support of our 
brethren. We also commend to our denomination within, as well as with- 
out, our State, the Foreign Mission Journal, the organ of our churches in 
respect to Foreign Missions, and Kind Words, the approved medium of 
communication with the dear children of our Sunday Schools. 

JOHN KERR, Chairman of Committee, 



B. 

REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

Your Committee on Foreign Missions would respectfully submit the fol- 
lowing report: While we fully recognize the claims of all objects of truly 
christian benevolence upon our sympathy and aid ; while we would ear- 
nestly recommend to all our churches increased prayer and liberality in 
their behalf, still we must say that the claims of Foreign Missions upon us 
equal, if not paramount to all others. The field is the world. The com- 
mand is, " Go teach all nations." 

No greater, higher, nobler work can engage our attention or demand our 



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aid. None greater enlists the efforts, or excites the admiration of angels. 
None greater has called forth the wisdom, the love, or the power of Al- 
mighty God, and none brings a higher reverence of glory to the character 
and perfections of God. It is the conversion and salvation of immortal 
souls. It is the glorious commission, the noble work intrusted to the 
church of God, to save souls from death. Oh ! we think this one thought 
should appeal with overwhelming force to every human and christian heart. 
Think, brethren, of the value of an immortal soul; it is incalculable; no 
earthly standard can measure its value, and yet, while multitudes on mul- 
titudes of priceless souls are hurrying down to endless perdition, we are 
giving for their salvation the pitiful sum of less than four cents a year per 
member. The actual fact is, that while some give more, there are not a 
few who give less, and many who give nothing at all. 

Can it be that we believe what we say, when we speak of the preciousness 
of souls? Can our prayer for the salvation of the world be sincere? Do 
we mean what we say, when we plead, " Thy kingdom come," and then 
satisfy ourselves with giving, from our abundance, for the advancement of 
the glorious work, in a whole year a trifle, which we often spend for vain 
amusement in a single day ? Think of it, brethren, and see if there be not 
room and cause for humiliation and deep sorrow before God, aloud call to 
a speedy amendment. Oh! can there be a higher, holier object in the uni- 
verse, than this ? Where, or how, can you make a safer and more profita- 
ble, or honorable investment of your earthly gain? And O, if God's people 
would all come up to the divine standard, and give as " God has prospered 
them" what might we not accomplish ! How soon, by the blessing of God, 
would all the ends of the earth see His salvation. 

The world is everywhere opened to Missionary effort. The gospel every- 
where finds an open door. The adamantine walls of ignorance and preju- 
dice, which shut out the missionary from the perishing millions of heath- 
enism, have one after another given way, and now from every land, by their 
condition, if not by their language, there comes the cry, " Come over unto 
us, and help us !" And will we not heed the cry ? Oh! let the appeal of 
the dying reach your hearts, and open your hands far wider than ever here- 
tofore. Multiply the heralds, as you easily may, and send the tidings of 
salvation to many thousands more than you do. Let not souls perish by 
your illiberality, lest their blood be required at your hands. 

It should seem, too, as if God, by his providence, were now speaking 
to the church of Christ as never before. The aspects of the world are 
cheering. The throne of the man of sin is rocking on its tottering base. 
The power of the false prophet is rapidly on the wane, and the heavings 
and convulsions which agitate the political world, all seem to promise the 
triumph of the principles of right, and to stamp the present as an opportune 
moment for the church of God to awake to her duty, and come up in all 
her vigor to the conflict and powers of darkness. 

In conclusion, dear brethren, let us awake from our apathy and coldness 
on this important subjcet. Let us think, often think of what the Lord 
Jesus has done for us. Let us contemplate the riches of his grace and seek 
to be baptized with his spirit, who gave his life as a ransom for many. Let 
us awake to a new life, and come with a new ardour to the help of the Lord 
against the mighty. 

Let it be with us a year of revival in this mighty work, a new era in our 
missionary enterprise, and God, even our own God, will bless us, and we 
shall be a blessing to the places round about us, a blessing to them that are 
afar off, and to them that are nigh, an eternal excellency, the joy of many 
generations. Amen. 

• A. L. STOUGH, Chairman. 



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c. 

REPORT ON TEMPERANCE. 

We, your committee, would present this report, however crude and un- 
digested our thoughts may be, on a subject in which we are all equally and 
intimately interested, and by the advancement of which we verily believe 
the interest and happiness of our common country may be immeasurably 
enhanced, if not permanently secured. 

Here friends and foes, philanthropists and patriots, may meet, unite and 
agree. Here party, and political differences may and ought to be surren- 
dered and forgotton. We thank God and are rejoiced to know that this 
subject has, and is still engaging the serious and deliberate attention of the 
wise and good of the land. May we not confidently hope, that by the un- 
tiring efforts of such that the car of moral pollution, degredation and vice 
of intemperance may be driven into some small nook or obscure corner, 
or dark hiding place. 

Let each one of us enter upon the grand ship of the Temperance cause, 
with our moral colors spiked to our topmast, and with an untiring zeal, and 
with animating shouts across the wave, we will not give up the ship, we 
shall gain the victory, for reason is our helm and hope our sheet-anchor. 

In conclusion, we would recommend the adoption of the following res- 
olution, viz : 

Resolved, That each minister in the bounds of this Association be request- 
ed to preach at his respective churches during the ensuing Associational 
year upon the subject of Temperance. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. T. McFADDEN, Chairman. 



D. 

REPORT ON SABBATH SCHOOLS. 

Your committee on Sabbath Schools submit the following: First, that 
Sunday Schools exert a manifest influence upon the interests of religion, is 
a fact that may be shown by the simple induction of a few particulars, 
which are too common to be questioned, and too obvious to be mistaken. 
The Sunday School institution tends to develop the intellect, and diffuse 
the wisest modes of instruction. It is but natural for us to expect some 
such results as this in the prosecution of such an enterprise under circum- 
stances so favorable, and on a field so wide. For the circumstances of the 
enterprise are such as render it strikingly conducive to the development of 
just principles and happy methods. 

The Sunda}'- School is a great and happy experiment, repeated in a thou- 
sand different places, on ten thousand different subjects, and by thousands 
of minds, from the speculative philosopher to the most humble of our race. 
Those who are engaged in this great system of instruction are not like some 
of our day teachers, persons who pursue, from day to day, a heartless task 
for the love of gain; nor, like others, mere laborers in education; but the 
Sunday School teacher should be prompted by an ardent desire to see a 
certain, well-defined end attained, and that end should be, primarily, the 
salvation of souls, and subordinate to this, a knowledge of scriptural truth. 
An object so important, kept constantly in view, cannot but awaken the 
latent energies of a pious mind. The Christian teacher will inquire for 
every improvement by which his work may be advanced; he will make 
cautious experiments," hold out inducements, compare plans, and be satis- 
fied with nothing which does not tell upon the understanding and heart. 



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This grand institution is not the fruit of one great mind, nor the work of 
any convocation. It has grown out of the mingled experiments of thou- 
sands. It adapts itself to the capacity of the subject, and measures all its 
efforts with reference to the minds with which it deals. The infant is 
treated as an infant. The teacher, the author, the good and the great con- 
descend to the statue of the child. Here there is room for improvement in 
religion, for advancement in the divine life. This is the highest attainment 
in education. It is of more value than all the treasures of earth, and^ we 
are persuaded that the efforts of christians should be exerted in aid of Sun- 
day Schools iu all places and at all times. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. H. YARBORO, Chaimian. 



E. 

REPORT ON FINANCE. 

The Committee on Finance report thirty-two dollars and ten cents ($32.10) 
sent up by the churches for printing minutes, and recommend that the 
Clerk's fee be seven dollars, and that he have as many copies of the minutes 
printed as the remainder of the money will pay for. 

W. M. PACKARD, Chairman. 



F. 
REPORT ON STATE MISSIONS. 

In 1727 the first Baptist church ever organized in North Carolina was 
constituted. The second in 1742, and the third in 1755. In 1784 there 
were only 42 churches, 40 ministers and about 3,000 members. Now we 
have 1,442 churches, near 1,000 ministers, and about 137,000 members. 

In 1S05 our brethren formed the tirst Mission Board in our commonwealth 
and ever since that day such a Board has been vigorously pushing the great 
work of evangelizing our State. Results, which no one can recite, have 
attended their efforts. 

But much land yet remaineth to be possessed, large sections of the State 
are without the preached word, while many other fields have error broad- 
cast in all its phases. We are well able to occupy the entire State. The 
State Mission Board has not one-tenth the missionaries in the field that the 
Baptists are able to support, if they will. The Board has been and is push- 
ing the work successfully, just as the means are given them. If it does but 
little, it is because but little is given. It has but few missionaries now in the 
field for lack of funds, and yet there are some 8 or 10 fields being cultiva- 
ted by the Board and the Associations. Could we but get the small pit- 
tance of 10 cents per member from the white baptists in North Carolina, we 
then could have all the destitute sections occupied. 

WADE HILL, 

T. B. JUSTICE, 

J. B. RICHARDSON, 

Committee. 



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REPORT OF THE BOARD OF MISSIONS. 

Your Board, under instructions from the Association, employed Elder 
W. Hill to labor as Missionary in the bounds of the Association, at a salary 
of $400 a year. Bro. Hill has labored one-half of his time, visited 20 
churches, preached 62 sermons, delivered several Sunday School lectures, 
and witnessed a number of hopeful conversions. The Treasurer's report 
will show the amounts contributed by the churches for the various objects, 
and the disposition made of the same. 

The following list shows the number of Schools, Superintendents' names, 
&c: 



Names of Schools. 



Shiloh, 

Shiloh, at School House, 

Silver Creek, 

Cove Creek, ... 

Cooper's Gap, 

White Oak, 

Rutherf ordton, 

Rutherfordton, at Ivy Spring, . . 

Head of First Broad, 

Piny Knob, 

Mt. Vernon, 

Mt Vernon, at Wilson's S. House 

Cane Creek, 

Mountain Creek, 

Cool Springs, 

Green River, 

Mt. Lebanon, 

Montf ord Cove, 

Floyd's Creek, 

Bill's Creek, 

Bethlehem, 

Stone Mountain, 



Superintendents. 



A. T. Jones, . . . . 
W. P. Abrams,. 
J. M. Hamilton, . 

J.M. Stall, 

M. R. Latter,... 
O. I. Nelson, . . . 
A. L. Grayson, . . 

W. H.Hill 

W. G. Grayson,. 

A. Haynes, 

N. J. Rollins,... 
H. B.Wilson,... 
R. K. Wilson,.. 
R. S. Callahan,. 
W. Harrill, .. . 
J. M. Hester, . . . 
M. D. Wilson,... 
T. P. Hemphill, 
G. P. Bostic,... 
J. W . Murphy, , . 

J. Ross, 

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C. B. JUSTICE, Secretary. 



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TREASURER'S REPORT. 

H. D. HARRILL, Treasurer, 

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Rev. C. T. BAILEY, Editor. 



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MINUTES 



OP THE 



40th Annual Session 



OF THE 



®SBia IHIH 



Baptist Association 

HELD WITH THE CHURCH AT 

Green River, Polk County, I, ft, 

October 4th, 5th and 6th, 1878. 




RALEIGH: 

EDWARDS, BROUGHTON & CO., PRINTERS AND BINDERS. 
Nov., 1878. 



List of Ministers. 



J. C. Grayson, .... Bridgewater, N. C. 

B. E. Rollins, First Broad, 

T. B. Justice, Mill Spring, 

C. B. Justice, Kutherfordton, " 

W.Hill, 

E. L. Taylor, 

J. T. McFaddin, " " 

J. Wilkie, . . 

F. G Hamric, 

A. 0. Lynch, Green Hill, 

L. McCurry, Dysartsville, " 

J. R. Denton, 

W. Harrill, Burnt Chimney? " 

H. D. Harrill, 

A. McMahan, " - " " 

W. H. Logan, — . Grassy Knob, " 

A. D. Davidson, Hicksville, " 

J. T. Pendergras, Marion, " 

S. Trivett,.... 

J. W. Hall, " 

J.H.Taylor...... Otter Creek, 

C. C. Case, White Oak Hall, 

F. M. Freeman, Logan's Store, " 



LIST OF LICENTIATES. 

ID. B. F. Harrill, Burnt Chimney, N. C. 

J. M. Mode, First Broad, " 

G. P. Bostic, Hicksville, 

J. R. Pendergras, Marion, " 

J. M. Taylor, Rutherfordton, 

Andrew Jones, Poor's Ford, " 

J. W. Murphey, Grassy Knob, " 



PROCEEDINGS, 



Friday, October 4th, A. D. 1878, 11 A. M. 

The Green River Association met with the Green River 
church, Polk county N. C. 

The Introductory Sermon was preached by Elder EL D. 
Harrill from Jude 3 : "And exhort you that you should 
earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered 
unto the saints." 

After an intermission of one hour, the Association was 
called to order by the former Moderator, Bro. M. H. Justice, 
and Bros. Mat. McBrayer and Z. T. Whiteside were ap- 
pointed Assistant Clerks, and the following church letters 
read and delegates names enrolled, viz : - 

White Oak.—O. I. Nelson, W. S. Splawn, Wra. Keid. 

Silver Creek. — A. E. Jones, Elbert Jackson, C. Arlidge. 

Stone Mountain* — J R, Smith, C.J. Smith. 

Cooper's Gap.—T. J. Cowart, D. T. Cowart, H. H. Gibbs, A. J. Dins- 
dale. ■ 

Bock Spring.— H. Portrum, Z. T. Whiteside, A. O. Lynch. 

Bill's Creek —Elders W. H. Logan and J. H. Taylor, and Bros. J. W. 
Murphy, P. T. Searcy, 1ST. E. Walker, Jerry Jackson, Win, Flinn. 

Pleasant Hill.— Elder J. T. McFaddin and Bro. J. T. Green. 

Shiloh. — Elders Joab Wilkie, F. C. Hamrick and Bros. B. E. Blanton, 
C. J. Sparks, W. R. Steadman, S. T. Allen. 

Green Biver. — T. C. Page, J. M. Hester, C. C. Case. 

Bald Mountain. — No delegation. 

MontforcPs Cove. — A. F. Morgan. 

Cove Creek. — M. Wilkerson, E. Frazier. 

Bethlehem.— -N. C. Jones, W. P. Bright. 

Zion Hill. — J. R. Pendergras. 

Marion. — Z S. Hawkins, 1ST. Turner. 

Buck Creek. — No delegation. 

Piney Knob.— W. B. Wilson, H. P. Lynch. 

Harmony Grove. — No delegation. 

Dysartsville. — H. H. Taylor. 

Bethel.— Lee Morris, J. H. Raburn. 

Bound HilL—Jj. L. Deck, D. D. Nanney, W. F. Sorrels. 

Mountain Creek. — N. C. Lovelace, A. L. Rucker, W. T. Lewis, R. S. 
Callahan, M. K. Lynch. 

Cherry Spring. — J. B. Coxey. 

Mt. Zion.— J. A. Wall. 

Head First Broad.— W. G. Grayson, E. Whisnant, J.. M. Melton, J. 
C. Fortune. 

Mt Lebanon.— B. F. Hicks, J. M. Fortune.. 

Cane Creek.— A. E. Wilson, R. K. Wilson. 

Camp Creek,— No delegation. 



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Mt. Veryion. — H. B. Wilson, N". J. Rollins, W. B. Freeman. 
Rutherfordton.— Elders T. B. Justice, C. B. Justice and Wade Hill, 
Bros. M. H. Justice, A. D. K. Wallace, A. L. Grayson. 

Cool Spring.— Elder H. D. Harrill, Bros. Mat. McBrayer, J. W. Davis. 
Mt. Pleasant— -Elder A. McMahon, Bro. W. S. Hill. 
Floyd's Creek.— I. N". Miller, C. L. Tate. 

The election of officers resulted in the selection of Bro. 
M. H. Justice Moderator, and A. L. Grayson Secretary. 

Letters were read and Corresponding Messengers enrolled 
as follows from sister Associations, viz: 

King's Mountain. — Elders G. W. Rollins, R. Poston. 

Broad River. — Elder R. M. Cash. 

Salem.— Elder W. J. Wilkie. 

Visiting Brethren. — J. M. Williams, C. G. Tate. 

On motion, the Moderator appointed and announced the 
following committees, viz : 

On Finance.— O. I. Nelson, Elbert Jackson, N. E. Walker and R. K. 
Wilson. 

Temperance. — H. D. Harrill, Wm. Flinn, H. Portrum, L. L. Deck. 

Sabbath Schools.— C. B. Justice, J. T. McFaddin, J. M. Melton, B. E. 
Blanton. 

Order of Business. — W. Hill, T. B. Justice, A. F. Morgan, with the 
Moderator and Clerk. 

Foreign Missions. — T. B. Justice, G. W. Rollins, W. Hill and J. M. 
Williams. 

State Missions.— C. B. Justice, H. D. Harrill, J. T. McFaddin, R. Pos- 
ton and W. H. Logan. 

Religious Exercises. — The Pastor and Deacons of Green River church. 

Periodicals. — A. McMahan, Mat. McBrayer, A. D. K. Wallace and J. 
W. Murphy. 

State of the Church.— G. W. Rollins, W. Hill, F. C. Hamric, J. H. Tay- 
lor and W. B. Freeman. 

On motion, adjourned to meet at 9 A. M. to-morrow. 
Prayer Eld. T. B. Justice, leading. 



Saturday, Oct. 5, 1878—9 A. M. 

The Association met pursuant to adjournment. 

Devotional exercises were conducted by Elder H. D. Har- 
rill, and the body called to order by the Moderator at half 
past nine o'clock. 

The minutes of yesterday read and adopted. 

Rules of Decorum read. 



Green River Baptist Association. 5 

The stand was occupied by Elders G. W. Rollins and J. 
H.Taylor. 

The committee on Order of Business made the folio wing- 
report, which was, on motion, adopted, viz : 

Your committee recommend the following order of business, viz: 

1. Devotional exercises. 

2. Read the proceedings of the previous day. 

3. Call the roll. 

4. Read rules of decorum. 

5. Invite visiting brethren to seats. 

6. Appoint Corresponding Messengers to sister Associations. 

7. Report of committees. 

8. Elect ministers to preach on Sunday. 

9. Appoint union meeting and ministers to attend. 

10. Appoint time and place for next Association. 

11. Appoint ministers to preach introductory sermon and sermon on 
missions. 

12. Appoint delegates to Baptist State Convention. 

13. Miscellaneous motions and resolutions. 

W. HILL, Chm'n. 

Messengers were appointed to attend the King's Mountain, 
which will be held at New Prospect, commencing on Friday 
before the 4th Sunday in September, 1879, as follows, viz : 

Elders W. Hill, H. D. Harrill, J. H. Taylor, T. B. Justice, W. H. Logan, 
and Bros. J. W. Davis and Mat. McBrayer. 

Messengers were appointed to the Broad River Associa- 
tion, which will be held at State Line Church, on the 2nd 
Sunday in September, 1879, as follows, viz.: 

Elders T. B. Justice, W. Hill, A. McMahan, H. D. Horrill, A. D. David- 
son, and J. H. Yarboro, and Bros. T. C. Page, A. T. Jones and W. S. 
Spiawn. 

Messengers were appointed to the Salem Association, 
which convenes with the church at Brevard, on Thursday 
before the 1st Sunday in September, 1879, as follows, viz: 

Elders C. B. Justice, W. H. Logan, and J. H. Taylor, and Bro. N. C. 
Jones. 

The following report on Foreign Missions was read by 
Eld. T. B. Justice, viz : 

REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

We would recommend the Foreign Mission Journal, published at Rich- 
mond, Va., for information as to what is being done for the conversion of 
the heathen world. 



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The Banner of the Cross is being carried farther every year into the re- 
gions of moral darkness. 

Thousands of perishing souls are receiving the blessed light of gospel 
truth, through the instrumentality of our noble band of missionaries in 
heathen lands, sustained by the prayerful hearts and willing hands of the 
lovers of Jesus at home. We should take courage and go forward in this 
work. 

Are we doing our whole duty in this regard? Millions of our fellow 
creatures know not the way of life. They will soon pass from earth for- 
ever. Whose duty is it to carry the news of salvation to them? We would 
recommend the pastors of our churches to impress upon their charges the 
importance of this subject. Each individual christian should carefully and 
prayerfully ask himself : " What is my part in this great work?" Some 
are required to go and work in the vineyard of the Lord in heathen lands. 
Those who stay at home should give liberally and abundantly of the means 
with which God has blessed them in this highly favored land. Shall any 
of us try to heap up riches on earth, while our means are needed to carry 
the gospel to those who, without it, will be forever lost? 

Brethren, let us pray and work, that those who now sit in darkness may- 
soon have the light of the gospel of Christ. 

T. B. JUSTICE, Chm'n. 

And after remarks by brethren T. B. Justice, C. B. Jus- 
tice, W. Hill and A. McMahan, was, on motion, adopted. 

The following resolution, offered by Elder T. B. Justice,. 
was adopted, viz : 

Resolved, That we recommend that some competent brother write a con- 
densed history of the Foreign and Domestic Mission work suitable for gen- 
eral circulation. 

Bro. H. D. Harrill read the following report on Tempe- 
rance, viz : 

REPORT ON TEMPERANCE. 

Temperance is the moderate use of all things needful, and an abstinence 
from all things pernicious or hurtful, and Paul admonishes us to add to our 
knowledge temperance. The elders are admonished to be temperate; and 
temperance is one of the fruits of the spirit against which there is no law. 
And while we are thus admonished from the word of God, and have the 
assurance that if we train a child in the way he should go, when he is old 
he will not depart from it. Therefore, let all christians train their children 
to be temperate. 

Therefore, we, your committee, would recommend the adoption of the 
following resolution: 

licsohed, That we, the delegates composing the Green River Association, 

now in session, do hereby memorialize the Legislature of North Carolina, 

to pass at its approaching session a law prohibiting the manufacture, sale 

or giving away in North Carolina of any spirituous or intoxicating liquors. 

Respectfully submitted, 

II. D. HARRILL, Chm'n. 

Which, on motion, after remarks by Bros. Z. T. White- 
side, H. D. Harrill, A. McMahan, J. M. Williams, H. B„ 



Green River Baptist Association. 7 

Wilson, J. T. McFaddin, R, Poston, C. % Justice and T. B. 
Justice, was adopted. 

Bro. C. B. Justice read the following report on Sunday 
Schools, viz: 

REPORT ON SUNDAY SCHOOLS. 

As appears from the evidence at the command of your committee, there 
are in the bounds of the Association not less than thirty Sunday Schools, 
with perhaps an average attendance of fifteen hundred scholars who meet 
to study God's word. 

We would suggest the importance of all the church members, who can, 
joining in the Sunday School- Let the fathers and mothers attend, and by 
their example encourage their children. Let none think they are too old. 
ov too large to attend. Gather the little children every Lord's day and 
teach theni about Jesus, leading the minds, while tender, to think of Him. 

Whenever it is possible, let the schools extend through the winter, there- 
by using all the time and talents God hath given in teaching and training- 
souls for heaven. 

Let all the studies in the Sunday School be such as will tend to a more 
perfect understanding of God's word, and especially the great plan of re- 
demption. 

We would recommend the appointment of a Sunday School Convention 
to meet with the next union meeting of this Association, and that said Con- 
vention be composed of at least two delegates from each church in the 
Association. 

Respectfully submitted, 

C. B. JUSTICE. 

Remarks were made by Bros. T. B. Justice and A. McMa- 
han, and, on motion, adopted. 

The following report of the Finance Committee was read 
by Bro. 0. I. Nelson : 

The committee on Finance report $35.79 sent up by the churches for 
printing minutes, and recommend that the Clerk be allowed $6, and that 
lie have as many copies of the minutes printed as the remainder of the 
money will pay for. • O. I. KELSON, Ch'm'n. 

On motion of H. D. Harrill, the above was amended to 
publish Abstract of Principles and Rules of Order with the 
minutes, and the report adopted. 

The report on Periodicals was read by Bro. Mat. McBray- 
er, as follows, viz: 



We must read something. In this age of cheap periodical literature, 
few families are without a newspaper of some sort. How important, 
then, that we select that which will make us wiser and better, while giv- 
ing us the news of the day. 

Your committee would earnestly recommend the Biblical Recorder, 
the organ of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Every 
Baptist family in the State should take it. It is the only Baptist w T eekly 



8 Minutes of the 

in the State, and is a noble defender of our faith. Few Baptists who 
read the Recorder regularly can be insensible to their Christian duties. 

Kind Words, for the children of the Sunday School, is an invaluable 
aid in training aright the children and youth of our land. No Sunday 
School library is complete without Kind Words, and its price is within 
the means of the poorest of our brethren. 

We hope our brethren will sustain these papers, and reap in return the 
rich harvest of practical knowledge and pure thought which thev contain. 

A. McMAHAN, Ch'm'n. 

Which was, on motion, after remarks by Bros. T. B. Jus- 
tice, W. Hill, and a club of subscribers to the Recorder by C. 
B. Justice, adopted. 

The Association took a recess for one hour. 



Afternoon Session. 

Elders W. J. Wilkie and J. T. McFaddin occupied the 
stand. 

The following report on State Missions was read by Eld. 
C. B. Justice, viz : 

We regret that the State Mission Board of North Carolina has had no 
agent in the field during most of the past year, (Bro. J. B. Richardson 
having resigned soon after the last session of the Baptist State Conven- 
tion,) consequently the contributions for State Missions are falling short 
of those of previous years. 

Much has already been done by our State Mission Board for the salva- 
tion of our North Carolina people, in proof of which we would cite you 
the churches of Raleigh, Wilmington, Charlotte, Wadesboro\ Monroe, 
Bear Wallow, Asheville, &c, all of whom have been aided by this Board. 
The Board is now doing all it can to assist the weak and feeble churches, 
and to supply the destitute with the Gospel. 

While much has been done, much yet remains to be done. There is along 
our northern boundary, extending from the Blue Ridge to Morgan ton, a 
scope of country almost entirety destitute' of Baptist preaching. We* un- 
derstand that the Roan Mountain Association has agreed to occupy two 
points in this territory, and an effort is now being made to get the Ca- 
tawba Association to occupy a part of it, and Eld. S. Trivett, of Marion, 
suggests that this Association supply a minister to preach at two places, 
known as Hall Town and Yancey's School House, to which your com- 
mittee would call the prayerful attention of the Association. 

There are many other sections of our State calling loudly for help, 
whose calls should be heeded by all lovers of our blessed Jesus, and libe- 
ral responses should be made by the churches to enable the Board to 
supply this destitution. 

We have not done as much during the past year as we ought to have 
done. C. B. JUSTICE, Ch'm'n. 

Which, on motion, after remarks by brethren T. B. Jus- 
tice, W. J. Wilkie, and the reading, by Bro. C. B. Justice, of 



Green River Baptist Association. 



9 



a letter from Elder S. Trivett, of Marion, in regard to the 
destitution, was adopted. 

It appearing that no business requiring a report had 
come before the committee on the State of the Church, on 
motion, the committee was discharged. 

Elder C. B. Justice read the following report on State 
Missions, viz : 



Your Board has been able to do but little during the past year. Most 
of its efforts have been with a view of trying to pay off our indebtedness 
to Elder W. Hill. There has been collected and paid to Bro. Hill only 
$49.55, which leaves still due him $117.40, which ought and must be paid. 
The Board contracted the debt under the instruction of the Association, 
(see minutes of the Association for the year 1876.) and therefore it is the 
debt of the Association. 

A number of the churches have contributed nothing for this object du- 
ring the past year, while a few have done as much as would have been 
their proportional part, had all the churches done their part, but un- 
fortunately they have not. 

For a statement of the receipts of the Board of Missions you are re- 
ferred to the Treasurer's report herewith submitted. 

We hope that by the next meeting of the Association the Board will 
be able to report iarge contributions from the churches, and much work 
done for the Master. 

We are glad to be able to report the Sunday School work in a flour- 
ishing condition, as will appear from the following list of Schools, viz : 



Scholars. 

White Oak 80 

Silver Creek, 25 

Silver Creek, (branch) 40 

Cooper's Gap, 50 

Itock Spring, 75 

Pleasant Hill, 14,579 chapters 

read, 2,430 verses memorized, 32 
Huntsinger School House, 7,159 
chapters read, 347 ver. mem- 
orized, 48 

Green River, 21,685 chaps, read, 45 

Cove Creek, 300 chapters read,. 52 

Cove Creek, (Williams' branch,) 30 

Bethlehem, 

Marion . 50 

Piney Knob, 25 

Piney Knob, (branch) 

Round Hill, at school house, 

20,715 chapters read, 72 

Mountain Creek 70 

Cherry Spring, 35 



Scholars. 
Head First Broad, 380 chapters 

read, 311 memorized 61 

Mt. Lebanon, 1,546 chaps, read, 46 

Cane Creek, 45 

Camp Creek, 45 

Mt. Vernon, 519 chapters read, 

20,174 verses memorized, .. 64 
Mt, Vernon, (Wilson sell house, 

300 chapters read,. 55 

Rutherfordton, 55 

Rutherfordton, (Ivey branch,) 

14,724 chapters read, 2,742 vs. 

memorized, 35 

Rutherfordton, (Allen's branch) 

Cool Spring 72 

Mt. Pleasant, 60 

Floyd's Creek 50 

Abram's Sch. H. 25 

Shiloh 45 

Hickory Sch. H 33 

Second Broad Sch. H., 40 



From the above it will be seen that there is nearly an average of one 
School to every church in the Association. 

Nothing has been done the past year for the Education Board of Wake 
Forest College Respectfully submitted, 

C. B. JUSTICE, Sec'y. 



10 



Minutes of the 



H. D. Harrill, Treasurer, In account with Green River Association. 



NAME OF CHURCH. 


State 
Missions. 


Foreign 

Missi'ns. 


Assoc' n 
Missi'ns. 


To amount received of — 

Mount Zion 

Cane Creek, 

Hound Hill 








$ 2 65 
2 00 
4 00 


Cool Spring, 






1 45 


Mountain Creek .... 






8 60 


Floyd's Creek 

Bethlehem 


$ 3 GO 




5 40 

1 35 


Montford's Cove, 






4 70 


Bethel 




80 


Rutherfordton 


3 12 


$ 3 12 


10 00 


Pinev Knob 


2 50 


Mount Lebanon 






2 75 


Shiloh 

Mount Zion 




1 25 


2 35 


Bill's Creek 






1 00 


Kock Spring 




3 95 




Mount Pleasant 






Collection on Sabbath 




20 78 


Collection for Marion church, 


..$ 11 00 

$ 11 00 








Totals 


S 72 


S 10 87 


$ 70 33 



By amount paid W 
By amount paid Z. 



DISBURSEMENTS. 

. Hill $ 70 33 

S Hawkins for Marion church, 1100 



$ 81 33 



The above'report, on motion, was adopted. 

On motion, the Moderator announced the names of Bros. 
T. C. Page, H. Portrum and Mat. McBrayer, as a committee 
to select preachers for to-morrow, which committee reported: 

Your committee have selected "Rev. G. W. Rollins to preach at 10 A. 
M., and Rev. C. 1>. Justice to preach at one hour after close of the morn- 
ing services, and Rev. Wade Hill to elo.se the religious exercises on to- 
morrow. T. C. PAGE, Ch'm'n. 

Which, on motion, was adopted. 

On motion, the next Union Meeting and the Sunday 
School Convention will be hold with the church at Mount 
Vernon, commencing on Friday before the fifth Sunday in 
June next, to be attended by Eld. T. B. Justice, J. C. Gray- 
son. L. McCurry, Wade Hill, H. D. Harrill, Win. Harrill, 
W. (I. Logan, C. B. Justice, F. C. Hamric, A. MeMahan, J. 
T. McFaddin, G. W Rollins and A. T. Jones. 

On motion that the next session meet with the church at 



Green River Baptist Association. 11 

Mountain Creek on Friday before the first Sunday in Octo- 
ber next, Bro. L. L. Deck offered the following resolution : 

Resolved, That the next meeting of this body be on Thursday instead 
of Friday. 

Which was voted down, and the original motion adopted. 

Elder A. McMahan was elected to preach the Introductory 
Sermon, with Eld. W. HiLl alternate. Eld. W. H. Logan 
was elected to preach the Missionary Sermon, with Eld. C. 
B. Justice as alternate. 

The following delegates were appointed to the Baptist 
State Convention to be held at Charlotte, North Carolina, 
commencing on Wednesday before the second Sunday in 
November next, viz : 

Elders Wade Hill, C. B. Justice, H. D. Harrill. S. Trivett, T. B. Jus- 
tice. J. H. Taylor, and Bros A. D. K. Wallace, Z. T. Whiteside, W. 
Splawn, H. Portrum, and in case of failure of any of above, any Bro. of 
this Association who may attend. 

Bro. J. H. Taylor read the following : 

Resolved. That the thanks of this body be, and are hereby, tendered 
to the kind brethren and friends of this vicinity, for the kind and hospit- 
able manner in which they have entertained tills body during its stay 
with tbem. 

Which was, on motion, adopted. 

It is agreed, upon motion, to apply the collection taken 
after Missionary Sermon to-morrow on balance due Bro. W. 
Hill, after remarks by Bros. Z. T. Whiteside, C. B. Justice 
and J. M. Williams. 

The following named brethren were appointed to bring 
before their respective churches the matter of balance due 
on Bro. W. Hill's salary, and forward amount raised to Rev. 
H. D. Harrill, Treasurer, Burnt Chimney, N. C, by Decem- 
ber next, viz : 

I. O. Nelson, H. Portrum, T. C. Page, John Pendero-ras, A. E. Jones, 
Win. Flinn, A. F. Morgan, Z. S. Hawkins, C. J. Smith, J. T. Green, M. 
Wilkerson, H. P. Lynch, T. J. Cowart. F. C. Hamric, N. C. Jones, H. 
H Tavlor, J. H. Raburn, J. A. Wall, G. W. Guffy, W. S. Hill, L. L. 
Deck, E. Whisnant, H. B. Wilson, C. L. Tate, N". C. Lovelace, B. F. 
Hicks, W. O. Wallace, J. B. Coxey, R, K. Wilson, Mat. McBrayer. 

On motion, the former Board of Missions is continued for 
another year. 



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A cash collection was taken up for the benefit of Marion 
church, after remarks by Eld. W. Hill, amounting to $11. 

On motion, adjourned. Appropriate parting remarks by 
Elder T. B. Justice. Prayer, Elder R. Poston leading. Hymn: 
"Jesus grant us all a blessing." Benediction by Elder W. J. 
Wilkie. M. H. JUSTICE, 

Moderator. 
A. L. Grayson, Clerk. 



7 O'clock, P. M. — At the request of the Pastor and Dea- 
cons of Green River Church — their house of worship having 
just been completed — Elder C. B. Justice preached the Ded- 
ication Sermon from 2 Chron. ii: 4 : "Behold, I build a house 
to the service of the Lord my God." 



Sunday, Oct. 6, 1878—10 A. M. 

Hymn : "How firm a foundation," &c. 

Elder G. W. Rollins preached from Luke ix: 23 : "If any 
man will come after me, let him deny himself and take up 
his cross daily and follow me." 

Followed by the Missionary Sermon by Eld. T. B. Justice, 
from Luke xv: 10 : "Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy 
in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that re- 
pen teth." 

After which, while singing the hymn "Blow ye the trum- 
pet, blow," &c, a collection was taken, amounting to $20.78, 
for Missions. 

After an intermission of one hour, the closing sermon 
was preached by Elder C. B. Justice, from 2 Timothy iv: 6 : 
"For I am now ready to be offered up, and the time of my 
departure is at hand." 

Remarks and prayer by Elder W. Hill. 



ASSOCIATION COVENANT. 



Article 1. We believe in erne only living and true God, and that there 
are three persons in the Godhead, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. 
and these are one in substance, and equal in power and glory. 

2. We believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the 
word of God, and the only rule of faith and practice. 

3 We believe in the doctrine of original sin. 

4. We believe in a man's impotency to recover himself from the fallen 
state he is in, by his own free will and ability. 

5. We believe that sinners are justified in the sight of God only through 
the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ. 

0. We believe the saints shall persevere in grace, and that they never 
shall finally fall away. 

7. We believe that Baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances insti- 
tuted by Christ, and that true believers are the only proper subjects thereof. 

8. We believe immersion is the only Scriptural mode of baptism. 

9. We believe that no person has a right to administer the ordinances 
but such as are regularly called and qualified thereto. 

10. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, and a general judgment; 
that the punishment of the wicked shall be everlasting, and the joys of the 
righteous eternal. 

11. We, the members of the Green River Baptist Association, agreeing 
to the above Articles of Faith, do for and in behalf of the churches which 
we represent, covenant and agree, and give ourselves up to each other in 
church and christian fellowship, in order to keep up the unity of the spirit 
in the bonds of peace, and to assist each other in all matters of distress, 
and to pray for each other's prosperity. 



RULES OF ORDER. 



Rule I. Every meeting for business shall be opened ana closed with 
prayer, either by the Moderator or some brother whom he shall appoint. 

Rule II. Each speaker shall arise and address the Moderator on any sub- 
ject to be discussed. 

Rule III. No motion shall be debated unless seconded. No member 
shall speak more than twice on the same motion without special leave of 
the Association. 

Rule IV. The Moderator and Clerk shall be chosen by ballot, and con- 
tinue in office until their successors are elected. 

Rule V. Every question shall be decided by the living voice, unless oth- 
erwise directed. 

Rule VI. During the hours of business all private conversation, walking 
across or out of the house, without permission of the Moderator first ob- 
tained, shall be deemed a breach of order. 



14 Minutes of the 

Rule VII. The names of members shall be called each day previous to 
proceeding to business. 

Rule VIII. All resolutions shall be reduced to writing, signed by the 
mover and handed to the Moderator or Clerk before they are debated. 

Rule IX. When a question is under debate no motion shall be received 
but to adjourn, to postpone indefinitely, to commit, to lay on the table or 
to amend, which several motions shall have precedence in the order in 
which they are arranged. But no motion or proposition on a subject dif- 
ferent from that under consideration shall be admitted under color of 
amendment. 

Rule X. When a motion has once been made and carried in the affirm- 
ative or negative it shall be in order for any member who voted with the 
majority to move for reconsideration thereof on the same day. 

Rule XI. When the reading of any paper is called for, and objected to 
by any member, it shall be determined by a vote of the Association. 

Rule XII. No member shall absent himself in the time of business, un- 
less he be sick and unable to attend. 

Rule XIII. All questions, except such as relate to the Constitution, shall 
b? decided by a majority vote. 

Rule XIV. Should the Moderator fail to enforce the foregoing regula- 
tions, he shall be regarded as untrue to his trust and shall be liable to be 
reminded of his duty by any member present. 



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MINUTES 



OF THE 



FORTY-FIRST ANNUAL SESSION 



OF THE 



GREEN RIYER 

Baptist Association, 

HELD WITH THE CHURCH AT 

Mountain Creek, Rutherford Co., K C, 

October 3rp, 4th and 5th, 1879. 






RALEIGH: 

Edwards, Broughton & Co., Printers and Binders. 

1879. 



MINUTES 



OF THE 



FORTY-FIRST ANNUAL SESSION 



OP THE 



GREEN RIYER 

Baptist Association, 

HELD WITH THE CHURCH AT 

Mountain Creek, Rutherford Co., K C. ; 

October 3rd, 4th and 5th, 1879, 



EALEIGH: 

Edwards, Broughton & Co., Printers and Binders. 

1879. 



ORDAINED MINISTERS, 



Elder A. D. DAVIDSON, Hicksville, N. C. 

J. R. DENTON, Dysartsville, 

F. M. FREEMAN, Logan's Store, 

J. C. Grayson, Bridgewater, 

W. HARRILL, Burnt Chimney, 

H. D. HARRILL, 

F. C. HAMRIC, Rutherfordton, 

0. B. JUSTICE, 

T. B. JUSTICE, Mills Spring, 

W. H. LOGAN, Grassy Knob, 

A. 0. LYNCH, Green Hill, 

L. McCURRY, ...Dysartsville, 

J. T. McFADDIN, Rutherfordton, 

A. McMAHAN, Burnt Chimney, 

J. F. PENDERGRAS, Marion, 

E. L. TAYLOR, ........Rutherfordton 

J. H. TAYLOR, .....Otter Creek, 

S. TRIVETT, Marion, 

J.WILKIE, Rutherfordton, 

J. H. YARBORO, .Burnt Chimney, 



LICENTIATES. 



G. P. BOSTIC, Hicksville, or Wake Forest ft: C 

B. E. PINTUFF, Logan's Store, 

W. S. SPLAWN, Mills Spring, or Wake Forest, " 



PROCEEDINGS, 



Friday, Oct. 3rd, 1879, 11 o'clock, A. M. 

The Green River Association met with the church at 
Mountain Creek, Rutherford county, N. C. 

Opening prayer, Elder W. A. Nelson leading, followed by 
the Introductory Sermon, by Elder A. McMahan, from 
Philippians 4 : 5, " Let your moderation be known unto all 
men." 

After an intermission of 40 minutes the Association was 
called to order by the Moderator, Bro. M. H. Justice, and 
Bros. Mat. McBrayer and J. W. Morgan were appointed 
Assistant Clerks, and church letters and delegates names 
enrolled as follows : 

FIRST DISTRICT. 

White Oak— Win. Reid, J. 0. Waldrop. 

Silver Greek — I. 8. Higgins, Elbert Jackson, Wm. Justice. 

Stone Mountain — A. W Morgan, S. B. Grant. 

Cooper's Gap— Elder J. H. Taylor, H. K. Corn, D. T. Cowart, B. T. 
Wilson, A. J. Dinsdale. 

Rock Spring — Elder A. O. Lynch, H. Portrum, N". J. Whiteside. 

Bill's Greek— Eider W. H. Logan, N. E. Walker, J. Jackson, Wm. Flinn, 
P. F. Searcy, John Hill. 

Pleasant Hill— Elder J. T. McFaddin, J. L. Green, A. P. Hill. 

Shiloh— Elders Joab Wilkie and F. 0. Hamrick, A. B. Jones, Thos. Love- 
lace, A. T. Jones, B. M. Hamrick. 

Green River — J. H. Blanton. ♦ 

SECOND DISTRICT. 

Montford's Cove— 3. W. Morgan, A. F. Morgan. 
Cove Creek— -P. Wilkerson, David Frasier, Jr. 
Bethlehem— E. C. Jones, E. M. Morgan. 
Zion Hill — No delegation. 
Marion — A. H. Simmons, Robert Odum. 
Buck Greek — No delegation. 

Piney Knob—H. P. Lynch, Augustus B. Haynes, J. C. Blan. 
Harmony Grove— Letter. No Delegation. 

Dysartsville— Elders J. C. Grayson and J. R. Denton, W. S. Walker. 
Bethel— Lee Morris, D. C. Bright, J. A. Poteat, J. H. Raburn. 
Round Hill- -L. L. Deck, D. D. Nanney, C. J. Flack. 
Mountain Greek— -D. W. Geer, J. T. Lewis, Sr., N. C. Lovelace, Wm. 
Spangler. 

Cherry Spring— Joshua Keeter. 



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THIRD DISTRICT. 

Mt, Zion — Win. Packard, Wm. Bracket. 

Head First Broad— J. C. Fortune, J. L. Gamble, E. Whisnant. 

Mt. Lebanon— M. D. Wilson, M. B Freeman, A. P. Hollifield. 

Cane Creek— J. R. Walker, R. K. Wilson. 

Camp Creek— J. B. Lane, G. M. Freeman. 

Mt. Vernon — W. A. Freeman, H. B. Wilson, J. G. Logan. 

Rutherfordton— Elders T. B. Justice, C. B. Justice and E. L. Taylor, M. 
H. Justice, A. D'K. Wallace, A. L. Grayson. 

Cool Spring— Elders J. H. Yarboro and H. D. Harrill, M. J. Harrill, 
Mat. McBrayer. 

Mt. Pleasant— Elder A. McMalian, J. Watkins, J. F. Alexander. 

Floyd' Creek— Elder A. D. Davidson, C. L. Tate, G. Kennady. 

Note — Bald Mountain church having consolidated with the Broad River 
church in the Salem Association, the name is discontinued. 

The election of officers resulted in the selection of Rev. 
J. C. Grayson Moderator, and A. L. Grayson Clerk. 

Preaching at the stand by Rev. A. A. McSwain, while the 
Association was being organized. 

On motion, the Order of Business of last year was adopt- 
ed for to-day. 

Corresponding Messengers from sister Associations were 
enrolled as follows : 

King's Mountain — Elders G. W. Rollins and A. A. McSwain and W. 
B. Stroud. 
Salem— John P. Morgan. 

Visiting brethren, Elder W. A. Nelson, D. D., President 
of Judson College, Hendersonville, N. O; Elder H. Hatcher, 
Agent for the Biblical Recorder, and Elder J. M. Williams, 
were welcomed to seats. 

The Moderator announced the following committees : 

Finance— Wm. Packard, R. K. Wilson, H. Portrum. 

Temperance— Rev. J. R. Denton, J. W. Morgan, Jerry Jackson. 

Sunday School— M. H. Justice, H. B. Wilson, L. L. Deck. 

Order of Business— Elders T. B. Justice and H. D. Harrill, A. D'K 
Wallace, with the Moderator and Clerk. 

Foreign Missions — Elders II. Hatcher and B. Justice, A D'K. Wal- 
lace. 

t tate Missions— Elders C. B. Justice and W. H. Logan, Mat, McBrayer. 

Religious Exercises — Pastor and Deacons of Mountain Creek church. 

Periodicals— A. D'K. Wallace, M. EL Justice, Elder A. McMahan. 

Education— Elders W. A. Nelson, C. B. Justice, G. W. Rollins. 

Special Committee on Obituaries— On motion of Bro. M. H. Justice, 
consisting of Elders J. C. Grayson, T. B. Justice, J. H. Yarboro, G. W. 
Rollins, and W. H. Logan and Wm. Packard, to report relative to the 
death of Elders Wade Hill and B. E. Rollins, who died during this year. 



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On motion, the Association adjourned till to-morrow at 
10 o'clock, A. M. 

Prayer, Bev. G. W. Rollins leading. 



SECOND DAY— MORNING SESSION. 

Saturday, 10 o'clock, Oct. 4th, 1879. 

The Association met pursuant to adjournment and joined 
the Moderator in prayer. 

The Minutes of yesterday read and adopted. 

The Committee on Order of Business made the following 
report, which was, on motion, adopted : 

1. Read and correct Minutes. 

2. Call the roll. 

3. Read Rules of Decorum and enclosed report. 

4. Appoint Corresponding Messengers. 

5. Receive report of committees. 

6. Announce preachers for Sabbath. 

7. Appoint Union Meeting and ministers to attend. 

8. Appoint time and place for next Association. 

9. .Appoint ministers to preach Introductory and Missionary sermons. 

10. Appoint delegates to Baptist State Convention. 

11. Granting letters of dismission. 

12. Miscellaneous business. 

The Committee on Temperance made the following report : 

REPORT ON TEMPERANCE. 

In view of the great evils to which the use of intoxicating drink leads, 
we would urge upon all the members of our churches a total abstinence 
from the use of all alcoholic drinks. Seeing in the criminal reports of the 
present day that most crimes are committed while persons are under the 
influence of spirituous liquors, we take the high ground that it is unsafe 
to indulge in the practice of drinking any kind of liquors that destroy all 
the noble passions of our nature, and bring into prominence and exercise 
those latent, inbred, vile, diabolical passions which belong to depraved 
human nature. Many persons destroy their own lives by using ardent 
spirits, which we may very properly term suicide; others, in a state of in- 
toxication, take the lives of their fellows, which is murder. Others abuse 
and annoy civil citizens to an extent which is almost unbearable; while 
others abuse their families to a shameful degree or extent. 

It should strike horror to every humane philosopher when he meditates 
upon the degradation, suffering and abuse inflicted upon defenceless women 
and children, by these demons in human shape. 

Let every lover of human happiness raise his voice against this great and 
sore evil among our race. 

Drunkenness is condemned throughout the Bible, and we have such ex- 
pressions in the holy writings as these : " Woe to the crown of pride, to 



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the drunkards of Ephraim, &c; know ye not that the unrighteous shall 
not inherit the kingdom of God ? Be not deceived; neither fornicators, 
nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves 
with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, 
nor extortioners shall inherit the kingdom of God." (1 001-^10:6.) 
Now if you will only take time to think that drunkards are embodied in 
this catalogue of vile characters who "shall not inherit the kingdom of 
God," it seems to us that it will need no argument to induce you to believe 
that drunkenness is an overwhelming evil which should meet the detesta- 
tion of every lover of religion or morals. It seems that under the law the 
drunkard was to be stoned to death, (Deut. 20: 2.1) and it would perhaps 
have a good effect upon society if severe penalties were imposed upon 
drunkards. 

Theie is also another species of intemperance, or indulgence which 
should be condemned by all those who are willing to follow the Scriptures 
and " be temperate in all things," that is, this filthy and abominable habit 
of using tobacco. The use of tobacco we consider more filthy than the 
use of ardent spirits, and it may be as injurious upon the physical part of 
man as whiskey, though it does not have the same ruinous effect upon the 
mind. The minister claims to be a mouth for God, or a gospel trumpet, 
which we admit; but we claim that that mouth or that trumpet should not 
be befouled with the filthy juice of tobacco. We do not think that the 
gospel should pass over a surface filthy with tobacco. Let the trumpet be 
clean. Respectfully submitted, 

JOHN R. DENTON, Chairman. 

On motion, the report was adopted, after remarks by 
Elders Hatcher and E. L. Taylor. 

The Committee on Religious Exercises reported as follows : 

Elder J. M. Williams to preach at stand this A. M., followed by Elder 
A. A. McSwain. 

Elder J. H. Yarboro to preach this afternoon, followed by Elder A. D. 
Davidson. 

Elder fl. Hatcher to preach at 10 A. M. to-morrow, and Elder W. A 
Nelson to preach at one hour after close of missionary sermon. 

Elder Hatcher read the following report on Foreign Mis- 
sions, which, on motion, after remarks by himself, Dr. Nel- 
son and Elder E. L. Taylor, was adopted : 

REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

As a denomination, the Baptists stand out boldly as a missionary people. 
We believe the Master calls upon us to send the gospel to every nation, and 
we can never be indifferent to this call without unfaithfulness to Him. 
The reports from the various missionary fields during the past year have 
been very encouraging and give unmistakable evidence that God's favor 
is upon this work of his people. Let us, by our prayers, sympathy, deep 
interest and contributions share in this glorious work of giving the precious 
message of salvation to a lost world. 

H. HATCHER, Chairman. 

On motion of Rev. J. R. Denton, the Association decided 
to hold the next session of this body with the Mt. Vernon 
church, 4 miles east from Rutherford ton. 



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On motion, the request of Harmony Grove church for a 
letter of dismission, to join the Catawba River Association, 
was granted. 

Recess for one hour. 



'AFTERNOON SESSION. 
Corresponding Messengers were appointed as follows : 

King's Mountain — (To convene at Double Springs church, embracing 
the 4th Sunday in September, 1880) Elders T. B. Justice, C. B. Justice and 
H. D. Harrill, brothers Thos. Lovelace, N. C. Lovelace, Mat. McBrayer, 
Martin Harris. 

Broad River— (To convene at Cedar Springs church, embracing the 
2nd Sunday in September, 1880.) Elders A. D. Davidson, J. T. McFadden, 
J. H. Yarboro and brother A. S. Whiteside. 

Salem— (To convene at Cane Creek church, embracing the 1st Sunday 
in September, 1880,) Elders T. B. Justice, W. H. Logan, J. C. Grayson, 
C. B. Justice and brethren J. H. Smith, A. P. Hollifield, Wm. Flinn, Jerry 
Jackson. 

Bro. H. Portrum read the report of the Finance Commit- 
tee, which was, on motion, amended and adopted as follows 

REPORT ON FINANCE. 

The Committee on Finance report thirty-three dollars and fifteen cents 
sent up by the churches for printing Minutes, and recommend that the 
Clerk have seven dollars for his services, to include furnishing blank printed 
letters to each church, to send up to the Association, as printed by the 
American Baptist Publication Society. 

H. PORTRUM, Chairman. 

Dr. Nelson read the following report on Education, and 
on motion, after remarks by himself, on general education, 
but more especially on the peculiar advantages of Judson 
College, at Hendersonville, N. C, and remarks by Dr. 
Hatcher in the interest of Wake Forest College, and of the 
Biblical Recorder, was adopted as follows : 

REPORT ON EDUCATION. 

It is now too late in the day to argue the necessity of educating. All the 
battles on this subject have been fought and won, and nothing now re- 
mains to be done but to gather up the spoils. Baptists are not only pio- 
neers in the modern missionary movement, but they are prime movers in 
educational matters. The time has passed for the epithet of " ignorance " 
to apply to our people, as such. Romanists can afford to keep their people 
in ignorance. Baptists cannot. 



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The rapid progress of the denomination in the last century demonstrates 
the wisdom of educating our people. One hundred years ago there were 
but 25,000 Baptists in the United States, with one college. Now there are 
over 2,000,000 Baptists, with more that 50 colleges and theological semina- 
ries, besides a large number of high schools and academies. Our educa- 
tional facilities are very great. In the eastern part of the State stands 
Wake Forest College, with a noble record, and is in every way worthy of 
our confidence and patronage. 

Still nearer our homes, and as a model of cheapness, is the Judson Col- 
lege, at Hendersonville, which is now in progress with" 100 students in at- 
tendance. This college possesses many grand advantages. Its location is 
2,252 feet above the sea-level, in a healthy atmosphere, and it offers cheap 
tuition. It has a full corps of able and experienced teachers. Board can 
be had in good families from six to ten dollars per month. Thus a rare op- 
portunity is offered for the education of our sons and daughters very 
cheaply and near our own doors. 

To our young men preparing for the ministry, we recommend the South- 
ern Baptist Theological Seminary, located at Louisville, Ky. 
Respectfully submitted, 

C. B. JUSTICE, 
W. H. LOGAN, 
W. A. NELSON, 

Committee. 

Bro. M. H. Justice read the following report on Sunday 
Schools : 

REPORT ON SABBATH SCHOOLS. 

"When the blessed Saviour said " Suffer the litte children to come unto 
me and forbid them not." He probably meant more than we sometimes 
imagine. When He gave utterance to that sentiment the children were 
being brought to Him, that He might bless them. He encouraged and 
commended those who brought them and rebuked his own disciples who 
would hinder their coming. This saying of His stands recorded in the 
Scriptures for our guidance, instruction and encouragement, and is as full 
of meaning to us as it was to the multitude on the coast of Judea. 

We can not bring them into His presence as was done in that day, but 
by precept and example we can and ought to guide them into the way of 
life. The Sabbath School is the most efficient means of bringing the young 
in their hearts and affections to the Saviour and teaching them the way of 
salvation, and it is the only department of Christian labor where the laity 
can fully put forth their strength in winning sinners to Christ. 

We rejoice to see that many of the churches are actively engaged in this 
work, and hope that all the churches will enter earnestly into it. 

We recommend the continuauce of the Sunday School Convention to be 
held with the Union Meeting. 

M. H. JUSTICE, 
L. L. DECK, 
II. B. WILSON, 

Committee. 

On motion, the report was adopted. 
The following report on Periodicals was read, and on 
motion, adopted : 



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REPORT ON PERIODICALS. 

One duty of Christians, as we suppose, is to improve their minds and to 
utilize all the means of information within their reach. Christians are often 
greatly encouraged and stimulated by hearing of the progress of the cause 
away from their immediate neighborhood. The newspaper periodicals are 
indispensable in this day to give us the correct events as to the prosperity 
of our Zion. We earnestly recommend the Biblical Recorder as the organ 
of the Baptists of the State. It is ably edited, and while it advocates 
progress, it is conservative and safe. The Foreign Mission Journal, the or- 
gan of our Foreign Mission Board, is cheap and valuable, giving us the 
intelligence from the mission field in heathen lands. We also recommend 
Rind 'Words to our Sunday Schools as a valuable aid in their work. 

A. D'K. WALLACE, 
A. McMAHAN, 
M. H. JUSTICE, 

Committee. 

Rev. C. B. Justice read the following report on State Mis- 
sions : 

REPORT ON STATE MISSIONS. 

The cause of State Missions is one that commends itself to every lover 
of North Carolina, and especially to every lover of Jesus, as it proposes 
to reclaim from the ways of evil'and the thraldom of sin those who are led 
captive by the devil, and at the same time honor and glorify the name of 
God. As men are converted and saved they are thereby the better quali- 
fied to discharge the duties of the child, the parent, the neighbor, the sub- 
ject or the ruler, and that people who honor God will be honored by Him, 
and as His name is glorified Christians rejoice. Surely an instrumentality 
that proposes to accomplish a two-fold work, so grand and glorious, should 
enlist the sympathy, prayers and liberal contributions of all who love our 
blessed Jesus. 

During the past year, the Board of Missions of the Baptist State Conven- 
tion of North Carolina has sustained a number of missionaries at destitute 
points in the State where the gospel would not have been preached but for 
the efforts of this Board. The labors of these missionaries have been 
abundantly blessed, the Lord having set His seal of approbation thereto in 
the conversion of many souls who now rejoice in hope. 

At Lincolnton, where the Baptists have long struggled for life, we now 
have a good working church, built up during the past year through the 
■lity of this Board. At various other points, churches have been or- 
ganized or weak ones strengthened, and to-day the prospects for taking 
North Carolina for Jesus are brighter than at any time in the past. 

All the appointments made by the Board have been made after mature 
deliberation and correspondence with brethren acquainted with the fields 
and the men appointed to supply them. The salaries allowed have been 
reasonable, being rather below than above a just compensation for the labor 
performed. As the year draws to a close the balance due on the salaries of 
the missionaries must be paid, and for the money with which to pay it the 
Board must look to the Baptists of the State, as none but Baptists can be 
expected to feel and manifest an abiding intest in the promulgation of 
Baptist views, 

Let every Baptist in the State take up and shout from the mountains to 
the seaboard the watchword, " North Carolina for Jesus." And may the 
grand tidal wave of missions roll on until all opposition be broken down 
and we become in practice what we are in came, "Missionary Baptists." 

C. B. JUSTICE, Chairman. 



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Which, on motion, after remarks by brethren C. B. Justice, 
J. R. Denton and M. H. Justice, was adopted. 

On motion of Bro. M. H. Justice, the matter of the un- 
paid balance of the salary due the family of Elder Wade 
Hill was brought before the Association, and a cash collec- 
tion taken up amounting to $22.35, and the said debt paid 
off. 

The Treasurer reported as follows, which was, on motion, 
adopted : 

REPORT OF TREASURER. 

H. D Harrill, Treasurer, in account with Green River Association, 

To amount received for Associational Missions — 

From Mt. Lebanon church $1 35 

" Mt. Vernon church 5 00 

" Piney Knob church 2 70 

" Pleasant Hill church.. 1 20 

" Mt. Zion church. , 4 00 

1 ' Rutherf ordton church , 8 00 

" Cool Spring church 3 15 

11 Montford's Cove church 3 70 

" Green River church 3 00 

" Coopers Gap church 100 

" Silver Creek church 2 30 

" White Oak church 175 

" Rock Spring church 5 00 

" Dysartsville church 2 60 

11 Stone Mountain church 2 30 

" Bethel church 90 

" Cash collection to-day , 22 35 

Received for State and Foreign Missions— 

From Rutherf ordton Sunday School , $ 2 00 

" Mountain Creek church, $2 00 and $1 75 3 75 

11 Floyd's Creek church 3 05 

On motion, it was agreed that the next Union Meeting, 
together with the Sunday School Convention of the Associa- 
tion, meet with the Pleasant Hill church, to commence on 
Friday before the 5th Sunday in March next, and the fol- 
lowing brethren appointed to attend : Elders T. B. Justice, 
W. H. Logan, H. D~ Harrill, C. B. Justice, A. McMahan and 
F. C. Ham rick. 

On motion, Kev. J. H. Yarboro is elected to preach the 
next Introductory Sermon, with Rev. C. B. Justice alternate, 
and Rev. T. B. Justice to preach the next Missionary Ser- 
mon, with Rev. J. C. Grayson alternate. 

A request from Marion church, asking for a letter of dis- 
mission to join the Catawba River Association was received, 
and on motion granted. 



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On motion of Bro. T. B. Justice, it was decided that the 
Association convene hereafter on Thursday, instead of Fri- 
day, before the 1st Sunday in October. 

On motion of Eider 0. B. Justice the following resolution 
was adopted : 

Resolved, That the thanks of this bofly are due and are hereby tendered 
to the brethren and friends of Mountain Creek church for their kindness 
and hospitality in entertaining the delegates and friends in attendance on 
the session of this Association. 

On motion, any minister of this Association who may 
attend the Baptist State Convention was appointed a dele- 
gate. 

On motion the Special Obituary Committee was allowed 
further time to report: 

The church letters report the following statistics on Sun- 
day Schools : 



Scholars. 

White Oak, 7 months, 108 

Silver Creek, 7 months, 40 

Stone Mountain, 6 months, 80 

Coopers Gap, 60 

Rock Spring, 12 months, 20 pa- 
pers taken 60 

Bill's Creek, 8 months, 82 

Shiloh, 5 months 85 

Green River, 10,870 chaps read, 60 
Montf ord's Cove & Cove Creek, 

7 months, contributed $5.25, 91 

Marion, 12 months, 80 

Mt. Pleasant, 60 



Scholars. 

Round Hill, 44 papers taken, 
13,088 chapters read, . 85 

Mountain Creek, 6 months, 40 
papers taken, contributed $2, 130 

Cherry Spring, 9 months, 45 

Mt, Lebanon, 8 months, 2,878 
chapters read, QQ 

Cane Creek, 5 months, 420 chap- 
ters read, 90 

Mt. Vernon, 7 months 150 

Rutherfordton, 12 months, 20 
papers taken, contributions $7 77 

Cool Spring, expects 12 months — 



The Association then joined in singing "Children of the 

Heavenly King," while the parting hand was given, after 

which Rev. T. B. Justice led in prayer, and the Association 

adjourned to meet with the Mt. Vernon church, on Thurs- 

?fore the first Sunday in October, 1880. 

J. C. GRAYSON, 
A. L. Gkayson, Moderator. 

Clerk. 



SUNDAY. 

Sunday, 10 o'clock, A. M., Oct. 5, 1879. 
After singing the hymn, " Am I a soldier of the Cross," 



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Elder H. Hatcher preached. Subject : Paul and Onesiph- 
orus, II. Timothy, 1 chapter ; followed by Elder W. H. 
Logan, who preached the Missionary Sermon from the text, 
"Acquaint now thyself with the Lord." After which a col- 
lection w 7 as taken up amounting to $35:00. 

After an intermission of one hour, the congregation sung, 
" There is a fountain," &c, and Elder W. A. Nelson preach- 
ed the closing sermon from Mark 1 : 45, " And they came to 
him from every quarter." 

Prayer and benediction by Elder T. B. Justice. 



The Committee on Obituaries made the following report : 
REPORT ON OBITUARIES. 

Elder Wade Hill. — Elder Wa r e Hill was born in the county of Ruth- 
erford, N. C, on the 21st of July, 1813. His parents were unable to give 
him the advantages of an early education, so that the high character he 
acquired as a preacher was due, under God, to his deep piety, sound sense 
and unceasing efforts to educate himself in the work to which he was called. 
He was married in August, 1834. and in April, 1837, he was baptized into 
the fellowship of the church. Immediately after his baptism, he furnished 
the strongest evidences of his divine call to the ministry, and just one 
month from the day of his baptism he preach his first sermon. I have 
often heard him say that he never thought of there being any necessity for 
his obtaining a license from his church to preach, until after he entered up- 
on his work. He " conferred not with flesh and blood," but consulted only 
the Master of the vineyard, and at his bidding he went In April, 1839, 
Elder Hill was ordained, and from that time until now his name has been 
a household word amongst the B .ptists of this entire section of the State. 
As a preacher, Elder Hill had but few equals. He was always sound in 
doctrine, and his sermons were especially noticeable for their deep solem- 
nity and the earnestness with which they were delivered. The hearts of 
his hearers were moved by his tender and earnest persuasiveness, while 
their minds were enlightened by his clear logic. There are hundreds of 
men and women throughout this country who can remember the greater 
part of many of his sermons, so impressive was his style. While he was a 
man of strong will and of remarkable firmness, when he came to talk v for 
his Master it was with eyes overflowing and with words of impassioned 
tenderness. 

As a preacher, his loss will be greatly felt in the King's Mountain and 
Green River Associations. Not only was he a great preacher, but his heart 
was strongly enlisted in all the benevolent works of our Convention and 
Associations. As a man and a citizen, he was upright in his conduct and 
his religion was his guide. As a Christian, he possessed strong faith, and 
in fact, hia entire life and teachings go to furnish conclusive proof of his 
true and genuine Christianity. As a husband and father, none can ever 
know his worth save the bereft widow and children, whose hearts are made 
desolate by his death. 

His work is done, (and who can say that it was not well done?) and on 
the first of December last Elder Wade Hill went to his reward. 

Elder B. E. Rollins.— Your committee, not having time and opportuni- 



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ty to get up the facts fully, and get their report into the Minutes, have been 
unable to ascertain the time of Bro. Rollins' birth or the time of his be- 
coming a member of the church. We find that in 1851 he was pastor of 
Big Spring church, which we suppose was about the beginning of his min- 
istry, and continued in the pastoral service of different churches until 1874, 
when from declining health he gave up ministerial work, except preaching 
occasionally, until his death, which occurred in 1879. 

During the 28 years of his ministry he preached for the churches at 
EbenezeV, Big Spring, Head First Broad, Walls, Cane Creek, Camp Creek, 
Mt. Vernon, Round*Hill. Mt. Lebanon, Bill's Creek, Dysartville and Rock 
Spring. His manner of preaching was earnest and impressive. Many reli- 
gious revivals occurred under his ministration, and his churches were 
generally in peace. He was a fast friend of temperance, and of missions, 
both State and Foreign, and of ministerial education. Though he was de- 
nied the advantages of early thorough education, only enjoying that educa- 
tion which constant thought and earnest work would give him, he was 
ever ready to help young men entering the ministry to acquire early train- 
ing. In his last years he was a great sufferer and a remarkably patient 
man, seeming to look for death as a messenger of rest to him, rather than 
as a dread monster. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. C. GRAYSON, 
T. B. JUSTICE, 
J. H. YARBORO, 
W. H. LOGAN, 
G. W. ROLLINS, 
Wm. PACKARD, 

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MINUTES 



OF THE 



Forty-Second Annual Session 



OF THE 



GREEN RIVER 

Baptist Association, 

HELD WITH THE 

Mt, Vernon Baptist Church, 

Rutherford County, N. C, 
SEPT. 30th to OCT. 3rd, 1880. 



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November, 1880. 



MINUTES 



OF THE 



Forty-Second Annual Session. 



OF> THE 



GREEN RIVER 

Baptist Association, 



HELD WITH THE' 



It. Vernon Baptist Church, 

Rutherford County, N. C, 
SEPT. 30tb to OCT. 3rd, 1880. 



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November, 1880. 



Ordained Ministers 



Elder C. C. CASE, White Oak Hall, N. C. 

J.R.DENTON, Dysartsville, 

F. M. FREEMAN, Logan's Store, 

J. C. GRAYSON, Bridgewater, 

W. HARRILL, Burnt Chimney, 

H. D. HARRILL, " 

F. C. HAMRIC, Rutherfordton, 

C. B. JUSTICE, 

T. B. JUSTICE, Mills' Springs, 

W. H. LOGAN, Grassy Knob, 

-A. 0. LYNCH, Green Hill, 

L. McCURRY Dysartsville, 

J. T. McFADDIN, Rutherfordton, 

A. McMAHAN, Burnt Chimney, 

L F. PENDERGRAS, Marion, 

E. L. TAYLOR, Rutherfordton, 

J. H. TAYLOR, Otter Creek, 

J. WILKIE, Rutherfordton, 

J. H. YARBORO, Burnt Chimney, " 



Licentiates. 



D. B. F. HARRILL, Rutherfordton, N. C. 

A. T. JONES, Poor's Ford, 

B. E. PINTUFF, Logan's Store, 

J. R. PENDERGRAS, Marion, 

W. S. SPLAWN, Mill Spring or Wake Forest. 

J. M. TAYLOR, Rutherfordton, N. C. 



PROCEEDINGS. 



Thursday, September 30th, 1880. 

The Green River Association met this clay, in its Forty- 
second Annual Session, with the church at Mt. Vernon, 
Rutherford county, N. C> 

The Introductory Sermon was preached by Elder J. H. 
Yarboro, from Jer. vi: 16, followed by an intermission of 
thirty minutes. 

Afternoon Session. 

The Association was led in prayer, and called to order by 
Elder J. C. Grayson, Moderator, and Elders H. D. Harrill 
and J. R. Denton appointed Assistant Clerks, and Church 
Letters read and Delegates enrolled as follows: 

First District : 

White Oak.—Wm. Reid, M. L. Waldrop, J. f . Splawn. 

Silver Creek. — I. S. Higgins, C. Arledge. 

Stone Mountain. — Moses Hall, Leander Fortune. 

Cooper's Gap.- — Elder J. H. Taylor, and Bros. Jacob Jackson, W. E, 
Mills, A. G. McMurray, B. T. Wilson, W. D. Harris. 

Bock Spring. — Henry Portrum. 

BilVs Creek.— I. M, Trady, J. Jackson, N. E. Walker. 

Pleasant H ill.— Elder J. T. McFaddin, and Bros. W. D. Hill, R. A. 
"Callahan. 

Shiloh. — Elder F. C. Hamric, and Bros. Geo. Spake, Wm. McDonald, 
N". Scoggin, B. E. Blanton. 

Green River.— Elder C. C. Case, and Bros. J. I. Ridings, G. W. Da- 
vidson. 

Second District \ 

MontforoVs Cove. — A. F. Morgan. 
Cove Creek. — J. A. Nichols, David Frasier. 
Bethlehem. — E. M. Morgan. 
Zion Hill—C. P. Rader. 
Buck Creek.— No delegation. 
PineyKnob.—W. B. Wilson, H> P. Lynch. 

Dysartsville.— Elders J. C. Grayson, L. McOnrry, J. R. Denton, and 
Bros. A. B. Taylor, L. G. L. Taylor, C. M. Daves. 
Bethel — J. M. Raburn, Lee Morris. 
Round Hill.—C. J. Flack, L. L. Dack, D. D. Nanney. 
Mountain Creek.—R. P. Geer, R. S. Callahan, J, W. Lewis. 
Cherry Spring.'-Wm. Ross. , 



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Third District : 

Mt. Zion.—Wm. Packard, John Divinney. 

Head First Broad — J. L. Gamble, J. C. Fortune, J. M. Melton. 

Mt. Lebanon. — M. D. Wilson, G. R. Freeman, Joseph Fortune. 

Cane Creek.— D. W. A. Cowan, R. K. Wilson, A. E. Wilson. 

Camp Creek. — G. M. Freeman. 

Mt. Vernon.— -N. J. Rollins, H. B. Wilson, W. B. Freeman, J. G. Logan. 

Rutherfordton. — Elders T. B. Justice, C. B. Justice, E. L. Taylor, and 
Bros. M. H. Justice, W. L. Lynch, A, L. Grayson. 

Cool Spring. — Elders H. D. Harrill, Wm. Harrill, J. H. Yarboro, and 
Bros. J. B. Blanton, Matt. McBrayer, J. W. Davis. 

Mt. Pleasant.-~Elder A. McMahon, and Bros. T. J. Goforth, J. O- 
Toms. 

Floyd's Creek.— A. N. Wall, A. B. Womac. 

The reading of the church letter from Cool Spring was 
objected to by the Montford's Cove church, through Bro. 
A. F. Morgan, on account of fellowship, upon which objec- 
tion the Moderator suspended the reading till the other let- 
ters were read, after which, on motion, the letter was read 
and considered and the delegates named therein enrolled, 
the previous question being called for and sustained and 
adopted. 

On motion, newly constituted churches and churches hav- 
ing letters of dismission from other Associations, were 
granted an opportunity to join this Association. 

An application for membership was made by the Chim- 
ney Rock church, without any letter of dismission, which 
was ruled out of order until application be made to the As- 
sociation to which the church belongs for a letter of dis- 
mission. 

On motion, the election of officers was gone into, and re- 
sulted in the election for Moderator on third ballot of Eld. 
T. B. Justice, and for Clerk A. L. Grayson. 

On motion, the order of business of last year was adopted 
for this afternoon. 

Corresponding messengers were enrolled as follows ; 
Elders Robert Poston and F. H. Poston, King's Mountain 
Association. 

The Moderator appointed committees, as follows: 

Finance— Bros W L Lyrieh, R K Wilson, Elder J T McFaddin. 
Temperance — Bros H Portrum, L L Deck, Elder J H Taylor. 
Sunday Schools — Bros M H Justice, H B Wilson, J W Davis. 
Order of Business — Elders H D Harrill, J R Denton, J H Yarboro, 
Foreign Missions — Elder3 C B Justice, J C Grayson, Bro Matt Mc- 
Brayer. 
State Missions— Elders J C Grayson, F H Poston, F C Hamric. 
Religious Exercises — Pastor and Deacons of Mt. Vernon church. 
Periodicals— Elders H Hatcher, G W Rollins, G M Webb. 
Education— Elders W A Nelson, L McCurry, Bro M H Justice, 



Green River Baptist Association. 5 

A motion was adopted that the Association adjourn du- 
ring the session for the sermons at 11 A. M. 

On motion, the body adjourned to 9 A. M., to-morrow — 
first half hour to be spent in devotional exercises. 

Prayer, Elder Robert Poston leading. 



Friday, October 1, 1880—9 A. M. 

The Association met, and after devotional exercises, at 
9:30 A. M. was called to order, and the minutes of yesterday 
read and on motion, adopted. 

Corresponding Messengers were enrolled, as follows : 
Elders W. A. Nelson, G. M. Webb and G. W. Rollins, from 
King's Mountain Association ; — Jarrett from Broad River 
Association ; Elder H. Hatcher, agent for the Biblical Re- 
corder. 

The committee on Order of Business submitted the fol- 
lowing, which was adopted as amended, as follows : 

1. That the Association meet at 9 a. m. each day, and adjourn at 11 a. 
m. Meet at 1 p. m., and adjourn at 4 p. m. 

2. Call the roll. 

3. Read and correct Minutes of yesterday. 

4. Read Constitution, abstract of principles, and Rules of Order. 

5. Call for reports of committees. 

6 Appoint Corresponding Messengers. 

7. Appoint Union Meetings and ministers to attend. 

8. Consider education as a qualification to be required in the ordina- 
tion of a minister. 

9. Consider ministerial education and the obligation on churches 
thereto. 

10. Appoint time and place for next Association. 

11. Appoint minister to preach the next Introductory Sermon. 

12. Elect preachers for Sabbath. 

13. Appoint delegates to the Baptist State Convention. 

H. D. HARRILL, Chm'n. 

The Association covenant and rules of decorum were read. 
Bro. H. Portrum read the following report on Temper- 
ance : 

Temperance is the use of things needful in moderation, and we are 
admonished by the word of eternal truth to be temperate in all things ; 
and Paul tells us to add to our knowledge temperance. 

Temperance is one of the fruits of the Spirit. And we are taught from 
the Word of Cod, and have the assurance that if we train a child in the 
way he should go, that in mature age he will not depart from it. 

From the great evils to which the use of intoxicating spirits leads, we 
would urge upon all the members of our churches to abstain from its use, 
believing it to be one of the greatest curses of the human family. When 
we look at our prison houses and see them filled with felons, and look at 



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our alms houses and see them filled with orphans and paupers, and see 
families, once prosperous and happy, brought to want and degradation, 
and enquire of them why is all this? And you can trace nine-tenths of 
it to intemperance. Is that all? JSTo. If we could but look into eterni- 
ty and see those that are in the regions of despair from its use, it would 
be enough to make our hearts sink within us, and cause us to stamp our 
foot upon it. As a denomination and a Christian people, let our light so 
shine, and pledge ourselves to work for its exclusion from our midst. 

Praying the Father of all mercies, and the Giver of every good and 
perfect gift, to crown our efforts with victory, and to sustain us by His 
holy Spirit. HENKY PORTRUM, Chm'n. 

And, on motion to adopt, remarks were made by Elder 
C. B. Justice, and the report adopted. 

The report of the committee on Sunday Schools was read 
by Bro. M. A. Justice, as follows : 

Your committee are gratified to report that in the Association there 
are twenty-two Sunday Schools, which have been carried on a part and 
most of them a large part of the time during the past year, with an ag- 
gregate membership of thirteen hundred and seventy-one teachers and 
scholars. This is a good showing, and should encourage us to greater 
efforts in the Sunday School work. 

When we remember that upon the young people of the land will soon 
rest the responsibilities of church and State, we can but urge upon Chris- 
tians to do their utmost to instill into the minds of the young, healthy, 
moral and religious sentiments. 

Whether the next generation shall be better or worse than the present 
one, depends very much on the efforts of the people of to-day. By properly 
supplying the mental, moral and religious wants of the children and 
youth, the world grows better, generation after generation, while by 
neglecting their wants in that respect, it must necessarily grow worse. 
Upon us to-day, in many fespects, depends the happiness and prosperity 
of our children and children's children. 

The Sunday School is one very efficient means of training, and de- 
serves more attention from the members of the church than it receives, 
for there all can work to advantage. There is no excuse for idleness in 
the Sunday School. We believe the Sunday School Convention of the 
Association has been of great benefit, and recommend its continuance. 

We recommend for the Sunday Schools The Baptist Teacher, 1420 
Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa., Kind Words and Baptist Gem, Ma- 
con, Georgia. H. B. WILSON", 

J. W. DAVIS, 
M. H. JUSTICE, 

Committee. 

On motion to adopt, Dr. Nelson made some remarks. 

While the motion was pending, the Association adjourned 
for the sermon at 11 A. M. 

Hymn, "I am so glad that Jesus loves me," etc. Elder G. 
M. Webb preached from Acts i: 8 : " And ye shall be wit- 
nesses," etc. 

Afternoon Session. 
The report on Sunday Schools was adopted. 



Green River Baptist Association. 7 

Dr. W. A. Nelson read the following report on Education : 

It is gratifying to be able to report continued progress on this very im- 
portant subject. Our people are taking more and more interest in gen : 
eral education, and seem disposed, so far as they can, to give to their 
children all needed advantages in this direction. 

We are glad to be able to state that Wake Forest College has a larger 
number of students than ever before at this stage of the session, with 
good prospects for a still greater increase. At that College there is a 
large number of worthy young men preparing for the gospel ministry. 
Of these twenty or more are beneficiaries. This appeals to all our peo- 
ple for help — immediate help- Let our hearts be enlarged a nd our purses 
opened to aid those whom God called into His vineyard. 

Judson College, at Hendersonville, is well patronized, and is doing 
well. The addition to its Faculty of Bro W. C. McCarthy, and his ex- 
cellent wife, give additional assurance tha^ our sons and daughters will 
be well cared for and well taught. For a good healthy climate, and pure 
water, as well as cheapness of board and tuition, perhaps noplace in the 
State surpasses Hendersonville. 

Our confidence remains unabated in, and we continue to recommend 
to our young ministers the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary at 
Louisville, Kentucky. At this institution better facilities are offered than 
at any other, to those who are to make their life work the gospel min- 
istry W. A. NELSON, 

M. H. JUSTICE, 

Committee. 

On motion for adoption, remarks were made by Elders 
W. A. Nelson, C. B. Justice and H. Hatcher. 

Pending adoption, a collection was taken amounting to 
$64.60 in cash and pledges, to aid the beneficiaries at Wake 
Forest College. Motion adopted. 

The Finance Committee reported as follows : 

Your committee on Finance report $37 25 sent up by the churches for 
printing minutes, and recommend that the Clerk have $10 for his ser- 
vices, to include furnishing blank printed letters to each church, as adopt 
ed in the last Association. W. L LYNCH, Chm'n. 

Which was, on motion, adopted. 

On motion, the Clerk of this body is instructed to have 
the minutes of the last session of the Sunday School Con- 
vention printed with the minutes of this session of the As- 
sociation. 

The report on Foreign Missions was read by Bro. C. B. 
Justice, as follows : 

" Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name 
of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Grhost, teaching them to 
observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and lo, I am with 
you alway, even unto the end of the world," is the commission under 
which the church goes forth to the conquest of the world, seeking to sub- 
due it to Jesus, not with the carnal sword, but with the sword of the 
Spirit, which is the word of God. This commission, while it is binding 



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on all Christians, imposes a two-fold obligation on us as Baptists. As a 
denomination, we differ with others on the subject and mode of baptism, 
there being perhaps no other denomination of professing Christians who 
insist on a converted membership and baptism by immersion. 

Again, we differ from others on the relation of the ordinances as well 
as on their meaning. We also differ with them on liberty of conscience, 
church government, and separation of church and State. There being 
these differences between ourselves and others, we can't expect them to 
preach our peculiar doctrines. Therefore, our failure to obey this com- 
mission must result in the world being left in ignorance of the great and 
important truths that distinguish the Baptists from all other denomina- 
tions, and thereby the f till glory of God's word fail to be developed in 
the world. 

In all the important movements of our modern missionary work, the 
Lord has given great honor to and laid great responsibilities on the Bap- 
tists, putting them in advance^ of all others in entering into and occupy- 
ing the various mission fields, as they have been opened up for the recep- 
tion of the gospel, thus indicating that to them is given in a peculiar 
manner the great work of preaching the gospel to the world. Others 
may afford to let their missionary work decline, but the Baptists dare 
not do it. We have the sure word of the Lord that the work shall suc- 
ceed, * ; Lo. I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." In 
no other department of our work have we the same assurance of success 
that we have in preaching the gospel. " My word shall not return unto 
me void." 

"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for 
a witness unto all nations ; and then shall the end come." 

C B. JUSTICE, 
J. C. GRAYSON, 
MATT. McBRAYEE, 

Committee. 

On motion to adopt, remarks were made by Elders C. B. 
Justice, G. M. Webb, W. A. Nelson, Bro. M. H. Justice, and 
the motion amended to include the collection on Sunday 
after the Missionary Sermon to be equally divided between 
State and Foreign Missions, and adopted. 

The Association joined Elder W. A. Nelson in prayer, 
and adjourned to 9 A. M. to-morrow. 



Saturday, October 2, 1880—9 A. M. 

The Association met and after devotional exercises was 
called to order at 9:30 A. M. ' 

The minutes of yesterday read, and roll called. 
The committee on State Missions reported : 

The Baptists have great encouragement to contribute to State Missions; 
for no department of our labors has been more richly blessed of God. 

There are now about twenty Missionaries in this State sustained in part 
or wholly by the State Mission Board. 



Green River Baptist Association. 9 

These are among our best and wisest men, and God has abundantly 
blessed their labors during the past year. 

The Board is now in need of funds to pay these earnest and faithful 
servants of Christ. And we urge the churches to contribute liberally to 
this Board. J. C. GRAYSON, Ch'm'n Com. 

On motion for adoption, remarks were made by Elders 
H. Hatcher, W. A. Nelson, and a collection taken for Mis- 
sions amounting to $16.83, and the report adopted. 

Bro. Hatcher read the following report on Periodicals : 

There is a constantly increasing desire for knowledge on the part of 
the people, and the Baptists must read or thej^ will be left behind. 
A religious paper helps to supply them with the needed reading matter. 
We commend the Biblical Recorder, our State organ, as worthy of 
their patronage, and urge that efforts be made to put it into all the fam- 
ilies of our churches. We also commend Kind Words and the Foreign 
Mission Journal. H. HATCHER, 

G. M. WEBB, 
G. W. ROLLINS, 

Committee. 

. On motion, remarks were made by Elders W. A. Nelson, 
G. M. Webb, T. B. Justice, L. McCurry, H. D. Harrill, Bro. 
H. D. Wilson, and adopted. 

The Association then adjourned for sermon at 11 A. M. 

Sermon by Elder W. A. Nelson, from the parable of the 
lost sheep, the piece of silver, the prodigal son. Luke 15 ch. 

Afternoon Session. 

Preaching at the stand by Elder F. H. Poston. 

On motion to appoint place for next Union Meeting of 
the Association, Round Hill and Dysartsville churches re- 
quested it to be held with those churches, and it was decid- 
ed to be held with Round Hill church, ten miles north of 
Rutherfordton, on Thursday before the last Sunday in Au- 
gust next, in connection with the Sunday School Conven- 
tion, with the following ministers to attend : Elders J. R. 
Denton, C. C. Case, F. C. Hamric, T. B. Justice, J. T. Mc- 
Fadnin, H. D. Harrill, C. B. Justice. 

Correspondents were appointed to other Associations, as 
follows : 

King's Mountain, (At Buffalo, embracing 4th Sunday in Sept., 1881)— 
Elders H. D. Harrill, F. C. Hamrie, C. B. Justice, C. C. Case, J. H. Yar- 
boro, J. T. McFaddin. 

Broad River, (5 miles east of Gaffneys' Station, embracing the 2nd 
Sunday in Sept., 1881)— Elders J. H. Yarboro, C. C. Case, A. McMahon, 
Bro. J. W. Davis. 

Salem, (At Ebenezer, 4 miles north-east from Hendersonville, em- 



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bracing 1st Sunday in Sept., 1881)— Elders H. D. Harrill, T. B. Justice, 
J. H. Taylor, C. B. Justice, C. C. Case, Bros. H. Portrum, A.L.Grayson. 
Catawba River, (at Marion, embracing 2d Sunday in Oct.* 1880)— 
Elders J. C. Grayson, L. McCurry, J. R. Denton, Bro. J. W. Davis. 

On motion, it was decided to hold the next session of this 
Association with the White Oak church, 5 miles north-east 
of Columbus, Polk county, commencing on Thursday before 
the 1st Sunday in October, 1881. 

On motion, Elder C. B. Justice was elected to preach the 
Introductory Sermon, with Elder H. D. Harrill, alternate. 

On motion, the following was adopted : Answer to query 
from Shiloh church. Read I Cor. v: 9-13, and II Cor. ii: 5-11. 

It was moved that the matter of fellowship between 
Montford Cove and Cool Spring churches be taken up, 
which was ruled out of order until the regular order of bus- 
iness was disposed of. 9 

On motion, Elder G. W. Rollins was elected to preach at 
10 A. M., and Elder H. Hatcher at 1 P. M., to-morrow. 

On motion, any minister or brother of this Association, 
who may attend, and Elder H. Hatcher, were appointed 
delegates to the Baptist State Convention. 

The Treasurer made the following report, which was, on 
motion, adopted : 

H. D. HARRILL, In Account with Green River Association : 



Name of Church. 



Camp Creek church, 

Pleasant Hill church, 

Cooper's Gap church, 

Cove Creek church, 

Rock Spring Sunday School. 

Mt. Zion church, , 

Mt. Pleasant church, 

Dysartsville church, , 

Cool Spring church, 



Totals. 



State 
Missions. 



Foreign 
Missions. 



1 65 
5 00 



2 64 
2 00 



1 25 

1 00 



$ 13 54 



95 

40 
60 
64 
00 
50 



$ 15 74 



H. D. HARRILL, Treasurer. 



In addition to the above, the churches reported in their 

letters — 



Green River Baptist Association. 11 

Foreign Missions, $ 47 50 

State Missions, 24 50 

Collection on Saturday, State and For. Mis., 16 83 

Collection on Sabbath, 30 20 

$ 129 03 

Amount above, 29 28 

Total for Missions, $ 158 31 

Bro. M. H. Justice read the following resolution, which, 
on motion, was adopted, in regard to the difficulty between 
the Montford's Cove and the Cool Spring churches : 

Resolved, That this Association will decline to settle private differences 
between individuals or churches, but would advise them to take the 
Scriptural requirements and attempt to settle it themselves. 

The cause suffers by unnecessary discussions of private differences. 

The Montford's Cove church should first send a committee to Cool 
Springs church to adjust their differences, and if they fail call in the aid 
of other churches. 

The Association was led in prayer by the Moderator, and 
after joining in the song, "We are going home to-morrow," 
and giving the parting hand, the Association adjourned, to 
meet with the church at White Oak, Polk county, on Thurs- 
day before the first Sunday in October next. 

T. B. JUSTICE, Moderator. 

A. L. Grayson, Clerk 



Sunday, October 3 — 10 A. M. 

Voluntary, " Land of Beulah." 

Elder L. McCurry led in prayer, followed by sermon by 
Elder G. W. Rollins, from II Cor. iv: 3 ; after which Elder 
T. B. Justice preached the Missionary Sermon from I Tim. 
i: 15. A collection was taken up for State and Foreign Mis- 
sions amounting to $30.20. 

After an intermission of an hour, Elder H. Hatcher 
preached the closing sermon on the subject of • • Serving 
Christ and serving the Devil." 

Benediction by Eld. H. Hatcher. 



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MINUTES 

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SECOND ANNUAL SESSION 

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GREEpiVEpP, SUNDAY SCHOOL CQtpfg| 



Pleasant Hill Church, 
Rutherford Co., N. C, May 28, 1880. 

The Second Annual Session of the Sunday School Con* 
vention of the Green River Baptist Association convened 
with this church, and in the absence of the former Presi- 
dent and Secretary, was called to order, and, on motion of 
Bro. H. B. Wilson, Elder T. B. Justice was elected President 
pro tern.., and A. L. Grayson Secretary pro tern. 

Delegates were then enrolled, as follows: 

White Oak— O. J. Kelson, M. L. Waldrop, Wm Keid. 

Cooper's Gap— Elder J. H. Taylor, M. K. Laughter. 

Rock Spring — 1ST. P. Whiteside. 

Bill's Creek, at Knob Creek— M. R. Camp, Richard Ledbetter. 

SHILOH— J. E. Henry. 

Miller's School House— Elder F C. Hamric. 

Green River— T. C. Page, G. W. Davidson. 

Mt. Pleasant — Thomas Watkins, Watson Morrow. 

Mountain Creek— N". C. Lovelace, R S. Callahan, R. P.- Geer. 

Green Hill— Wm. Rttcker, N". H. Hampton, M. M. Lovelace. 

Mt. Lebanon— M. D. Wilson. 

Mt. Vernon — H. B. Wilson. 

Rtjtherfordton— A. L. Grayson, T. B. Justice, jr. 

IveY Springs— A. J. Scoggin, A. E. Miller. 

Cool Spring— H. D. Harrill. 

Holly Spring— Wm. Spangler, Jonathan Elliott, 

Pleasant Hill — G. W. Hodge, G. L. Owens. 

Hill's School House— E. W. S- Keeter, B. Hill. 

Allen's School House— J. M. Allen, sr. 

On motion, an election was held for President and Secre- 
tary, which resulted in the selection of Elder H. D. Harrill 
President and A. L. Grayson Secretary. 

On motion, a committee was appointed, consisting of Eld. 
J. T. McFaddin, and H. B. Wilson and T. 0. Page, to report 
an Order of Exercises for to-morrow. 

The committee made the following report, which was, on 
motion, adopted : 



Green River S. S* Convention. 15 

First. Should all the members of a church take an active part in Sab- 
bath Schools? Speaker, Elder J. H. Taylor. 

Second. Are the Baptists in favor of Sabbath Schools? Speaker, H. 
B. Wilson. 

Third. On the origin of Sabbath Schools. Speaker, Elder J. T. Mc- 
Faddin. 

Fourth. Duties of Superintendents. Speaker, A. L. Grayson. 

Fifth. What benefits have and may be expected from well-organized 
Sabbath Schools? Speakers, Elder H. D. Harrill, T. B. Justice, Jr. 

Prayer, Elder T. B. Justice leading, after which the Con- 
vention adjourned to 10 A. M. to-morrow. 



Saturday, May 29, 1880—10 A. M. 

Hymn, "Am I a soldier of the Cross." 

The Convention was led in prayer and called to order 
by the President. 

On motion, the roll was called and the minutes of yester- 
day read and adopted. 

The first query was taken up and discussed by Elder J. 
H. Taylor, J. M. Taylor, Elder F. C. Hamric, and Elder J. 
M. Williams. 

Second query was discussed by Bro. H. B. Wilson, and 
Elders E. L. Taylor and J. T. McFaddin. 

Afternoon Session. 

. After a recess of one hour, the Convention re-assembled, 
and, on motion, miscellaneous business was taken up, and 
the following resolution was read : 

Resolved, That this Convention meet hereafter on Friday before the 
last Sabbath in August, with the church appointed by the Association for 
holding' the Union Meeting of the Association; and that this Convention 
respectfdlly requests that the next session of that body have a brief copy 
of the minutes of the proceedings of this meeting printed with the min- 
utes of the Association. 

Which, on motion, after being discussed by Elders J. T. 
McFaddin and F. C. Hamric, and Bros. A. J. Scoggin and 
J. M. Taylor, was adopted. 

Resolved, That each Sabbath School, and each church not having a Sab* 
bath School, in this Association, be entitled to two delegates in this Con- 
vention, and that the churches not having schools are earnestly request- 
ed to send delegates. 

Which, on motion, was adopted. 



16 Minutes of the 

Preaching for Sabbath was announced as follows : " 

Elder J. H. Taylor to preach at 10 A. M.; Elder J. M. Williams at 11 

A. M.; Elder W. H. Logan to preach in the afternoon. 

Third subject was discussed by Elder J. T. McFaddin. 
Fourth subject was discussed bv Bros. A. L. Grayson, H. 

B. Wilson, J. M. Allen, T. C. Page and Elder McFaddin. 
Fifth query discussed by Bro. T. B. Justice and Elder H. 

D. Harrill. 

On motion, the Convention adjourned. Prayer by the 

H. D. HARRILL, President. 
A. L. Grayson, Secretary. 



Green River Baptist Association. 



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CONSTITUTION. 



Article 1. This Convention shall be called the "Green River Baptist 
Sunday School Convention. 

Art. 2. This Convention shall be composed of three delegates from 
each Baptist Sunday School in the Green River Association. 

Art. 3. The object of this Convention shall be to promote the interest 
of the Sunday School work in this Association, and to co-operate with 
the State Sunday School Board. 

Art. 4. The officers of this Convention shall consist of a President, 
three Vice Presidents (one from each district in the Association), a Secre- 
tary and a Treasurer. 

Art. 5. The President and Vice Presidents shall constitute an Execu- 
tive Committee. 

Art. 6. It shall be the duty of the President to preside at the meeting's 
of the Convention, and to act as chairman of the Executive Committee, 
and in his absence, one of the Vice Presidents shall perform that duty. 

Art. 7. The Secretary shall keep a record of the proceedings of each 
meeting, together with a list of the Baptist Sunday Schools in the Asso- 
ciation, with name and postoffice address of the Superintendents, and a 
statistical table of the schools. He shall make two reports annually, one 
to this Convention, and one to the Association. 

Art. 8. The Treasurer shall keep an account of all money received and 
disbursed by him, and report to the Convention at each meeting. 

Art. 9. It shall be the duty of the Vice Presidents to take a general 
supervision of the Sunday School work in their districts, visit the schools, 
and report to the Secretary at least ten days before the meeting of the 
Convention. 

Art. 10. The Executive Committee shall arrange topics for discus- 
sion, appoint speakers, arrange programmes, and shall constitute the 
committee of arrangements. 

Art. 11. The officers shall be elected annually at the meeting of the 
Convention. 

Art. 12. This Convention shall meet annually at the time and place 
of the Union meeting of the Association. 

Art. 13. This constitution may be altered or amended by a two-thirds 
vote of the Convention. 



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